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General Election Results - 22 August 1966

General elections for all members of Legislative Council were held on Monday, 22 August 1966.

The Legislative Council consisted of the Administrator, two ex-officio Members, two Nominated Members, and nine Elected Members.  The ex officio Members were the Crown Attorney and the Treasurer.  The Nominated members were appointed by the Governor.  Elected members were chosen by popular vote on a “first-past-the-post” basis.

Although the Milton Cato led St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP) received the most votes, the People's Political Party (PPP) of Ebenezer Joshua won a majority of seats (five of nine seats).  Voter turnout was 84.1%.  Joshua continued as Chief Minister.

On Friday, 7 April 1967, British Administrator for St. Vincent, Hywel George, revoked the appointment of Chief Minister Joshua, dissolved the Legislative Council and assumed complete control of the country.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 27,385
Invalid Votes 552
Total Votes Cast 27,937
Population 90,000
Voting Age Population 36,270
Registered Voters 33,044
Voter Turnout 84.54%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Parliament Tue, 24 May 1966
Nomination Day Thu, 4 Aug 1966
Polling Day Mon, 22 Aug 1966
First Meeting of Parliament Thu, 15 Sep 1966
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Ebenezer JOSHUA Winner
People's Political Party (PPP)
  Photo Milton CATO
St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP)
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Saint Vincent Labour Party SVLP 13,930 50.87% +3.0% 9 4 +1
  People's Political Party PPP 13,427 49.03% -0.3% 9 5 -1
  Independents IND 28 0.10% -2.7% 1 0 -
  Total Valid Votes Total 27,385 100% - 19 9 -
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
North Leeward 1,500 1,504 - 3,004
South Leeward 1,996 1,179 - 3,175
Kingstown 2,040 2,089 - 4,129
West St. George 1,297 1,926 - 3,223
East St. George 1,955 1,202 - 3,157
South Windward 2,281 830 - 3,111
Central Windward 927 1,960 - 2,887
North Windward 768 1,890 - 2,658
Grenadines 1,166 847 28 2,041
Total 13,930 13,427 28 27,385
ELECTED MEMBERS OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  Representative Party
North Leeward   SLATER, Samuel Eric People's Political Party
South Leeward   EUSTACE, Joseph Lambert Saint Vincent Labour Party
Kingstown   ADAMS, Emmanuel Fatima People's Political Party
West St. George   MARKSMAN, Roderick Fitzgerald People's Political Party
East St. George   CATO, Robert Milton* Saint Vincent Labour Party
South Windward   LATHAM, Levi Calvert Saint Vincent Labour Party
Central Windward   JOSHUA, Ebenezer Theodore People's Political Party
North Windward   JOSHUA, Ivy Inez People's Political Party
Grenadines   MITCHELL, James Fitz-Allen Saint Vincent Labour Party
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Key
DRP= Democratic Republican Party; NDP = New Democratic Party; SVGP = St. Vincent and the Grenadines Green Party; ULP = Unity Labour Party; IND = Independent; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
The Electoral Office of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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