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General Election Results - 7 April 1972

General elections were held on Friday, 7 April 1972 for all the Representatives in the House of Assembly.  Four seats were added since last elections increasing the number of elected seats to 13.

The result was a tie between the People's Political Party (PPP) and the St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP), which both won six seats.  Despite being a former member of the SVLP (which had received a majority of the public vote), the sole independent MP James Fitz-Allen Mitchell formed a government with the E.T. Joshua’s PPP.  Voter turnout was 75.6%.  Mitchell became the country’s second Premier with Joshua as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance.

On 18 September 1974, the House of Assembly passed a vote of “no confidence” in the Government after E.T. Joshua and his wife I.I. Joshua resigned from the Government following a disagreement with Premier Mitchell over policy issues.  Parliament was subsequently dissolved on 23 September 1974.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 31,945
Invalid Votes 344
Total Votes Cast 32,289
Population 100,000
Voting Age Population 40,600
Registered Voters 42,707
Voter Turnout 75.61%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Parliament Wed, 8 Mar 1972
Nomination Day Mon, 20 Mar 1972
Polling Day Fri, 7 Apr 1972
First Meeting of Parliament Thu, 4 May 1972
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Milton CATO Winner
St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP)
  Photo Ebenezer JOSHUA
People's Political Party (PPP)
RELATED RESOURCES
Saint Vincent Constituency Boundary Commission Order (1969) Download report
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  Saint Vincent Labour Party SVLP 16,108 50.42% -3.4% 13 6 -
  People's Political Party PPP 14,507 45.41% -0.8% 13 6 +3
  Independents IND 1,330 4.16% +4.2% 1 1 +1
  Total Valid Votes Total 31,945 100% - 27 13 +4
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
North Windward 498 1,489 - 1,987
North Central Windward 1,349 1,413 - 2,762
South Central Windward 259 1,683 - 1,942
South Windward 1,552 614 - 2,166
Marriaqua 1,952 392 - 2,344
East St. George 1,934 499 - 2,433
West St. George 1,181 1,515 - 2,696
East Kingstown 1,397 1,337 - 2,734
West Kingstown 1,581 1,346 - 2,927
South Leeward 1,354 1,481 - 2,835
Central Leeward 1,550 517 - 2,067
North Leeward 1,330 1,402 - 2,732
Grenadines 171 819 1,330 2,320
Total 16,108 14,507 1,330 31,945
ELECTED MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
  Representative Party
North Windward   JOSHUA, Ivy Inez People's Political Party
North Central Windward   CUFFY, Victor Ivor People's Political Party
South Central Windward   JOSHUA, Ebenezer theodore* People's Political Party
South Windward   DACON, Charles St.Clair Saint Vincent Labour Party
Marriaqua   LATHAM, Levi Calvert Saint Vincent Labour Party
East St. George   CATO, Robert Milton* Saint Vincent Labour Party
West St. George   TANNIS, Clive Leonard People's Political Party
East Kingstown   RUSSELL, Randolph Bertie Saint Vincent Labour Party
West Kingstown   TANNIS, Hudson Kemuel Saint Vincent Labour Party
South Leeward   SYLVESTER, Othniel Rudolph People's Political Party
Central Leeward   WOODS, Arthur Theophilus Saint Vincent Labour Party
North Leeward   DENNIE, Alphonso Alphaeus People's Political Party
Grenadines   MITCHELL, James Fitz-Allen Independent
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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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