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General Election Results - 26 June 1967

General elections for all members of Legislative Council were held on Friday, 19 May 1967, less than a year after the previous election of 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.

The result was a victory for the St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP) of Milton Cato, which won six of the nine seats.  Voter turnout was 82.6%.  Cato was sworn in as the country’s second Chief Minister.

On 27 October 1969, St Vincent and the Grenadines was granted internal self-government, with Britain retaining responsibility for foreign relations and defence affairs.  The Legislative Council was renamed the House of Assembly, the Administrator was designated Governor, and the Chief Minister became Premier.  Cato became the country’s first Premier.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 26,966
Invalid Votes 312
Total Votes Cast 27,278
Population 90,000
Voting Age Population 36,360
Registered Voters 33,044
Voter Turnout 82.55%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Parliament Fri, 7 Apr 1967
Nomination Day Fri, 19 May 1967
Polling Day Mon, 26 June 1967
First Meeting of Parliament Fri, 27 Oct 1967
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Milton CATO Winner
St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP)
  Photo Ebenezer JOSHUA
People's Political Party (PPP)
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Saint Vincent Labour Party SVLP 14,501 53.78% +2.9% 9 6 +2
  People's Political Party PPP 12,465 46.22% -2.8% 9 3 -2
  Total Valid Votes Total 26,966 100% - 27 9 -
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
North Leeward 1,602 1,412 3,014
South Leeward 2,108 1,157 3,265
Kingstown 2,179 2,080 4,259
West St. George 1,331 1,835 3,166
East St. George 2,080 898 2,978
South Windward 2,361 652 3,013
Central Windward 950 1,899 2,849
North Windward 721 1,789 2,510
Grenadines 1,169 743 1,912
Total 14,501 12,465 26,966
ELECTED MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
  Representative Party
North Leeward   SLATER, Samuel Eric Saint Vincent Labour Party
South Leeward   EUSTACE, Joseph Lambert Saint Vincent Labour Party
Kingstown   TANNIS, Hudson Kemuel Saint Vincent Labour 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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