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General Election Results - 25 July 1984

General elections were held on Wednesday, 25 July 1984 for all the Representatives in the House of Assembly following premature dissolution of Parliament.  General elections had previously been held in December 1979.

The unicameral Parliament of St. Vincent, the House of Assembly, comprises 13 elected Representatives and six Senators appointed by the Governor-General – four on the advice of the Prime Minister and two on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition.  The normal duration of the legislature is five years.

Main contenders for the 13 elective seats were the ruling St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP), headed by outgoing Prime Minister Milton Cato and the centrist National Democratic Party (NDP), led by  James Mitchell; the NDP had been in the opposition for 10 years.

Both parties fielded candidates in all constituencies.  The election campaign lasted five weeks, and was marked by debate over issues involving tax, a contempt of court ruling against the Attorney General, and a shooting incident by a senior civil servant whose arrest seemed unduly delayed.  On polling day, the centrist NDP won nine seats compared with its previous total of two, while the conservative SVLP picked up the rest.  Voter turnout was 88.8%.
Mitchell became the second Prime Minister and subsequently named his seven-member Cabinet.

On 22 January 1985, Cato retired from politics and was replaced as SVLP leader by Hudson Tannis.  Vincent Beache took over as leader of the opposition in the House of Assembly.  In the ensuing by-election for the East St. George constituency, the NDP gained another seat.

Tannis was killed in an airplane crash on 2 August 1986 and was replaced by SVLP leader Vincent Beache.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
Total Valid Votes 42,208
Invalid Votes 299
Total Votes Cast 42,507
Population 104,000
Voting Age Population 52,832
Registered Voters 47,863
Voter Turnout 88.81%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Second Parliament Wed, 20 Jun 1984
Nomination Day Fri, 6 Jul 1984
Polling Day Wed, 25 Jul 1984
First Meeting of Third Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo James MITCHELLWinner
New Democratic Party (NDP)
  Photo Milton CATO
St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP)
  Photo Ralph GONSALVES
Movement of Naitonal Unity (MNU)
  Photo
United People's Movement (UPM)
  Photo
Randolph RUSSELL
People's Democratic Party (PDP)
RELATED RESOURCES
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Constitution (1979) Download report
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  New Democratic Party NDP 21,700 51.41% +24.0% 13 9 -2
  Saint Vincent Labour Party SVLP 17,493 41.44% -12.8% 13 4 +2
  United People's Movemnet UPM 1,350 3.20% -10.4% 8 0 -
  Movement for National Unity MNU 855 2.03% +2.0% 4 0 -
  People's Democratic Party PDP 810 1.92% +1.9% 4 0 -
  Total Valid Votes Total 42,208 100% - 42 13 -
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
North Windward 2,854 1,514 1,126 8 - - 2,648 23 2,671 93.59%
North Central Windward 3,820 948 1,643 820 73 - 3,484 12 3,496 91.52%
South Central Windward 3,116 1,661 904 - 353 - 2,918 27 2,945 94.51%
South Windward 3,164 1,402 1,346 - 66   2,814 19 2,833 89.54%
Marriaqua 3,723 1,213 1,889 - 78 - 3,180 22 3,202 86.01%
East St. George 4,576 1,721 2,119 - - - 3,840 25 3,865 84.46%
West St. George 4,715 2,533 1,410 - 82 23 4,048 28 4,076 86.45%
East Kingstown 3,756 1,886 1,053 21 162 106 3,228 30 3,258 86.74%
West Kingstown 3,615 1,859 1,224 6 79 17 3,185 18 3,203 88.60%
South Leeward 4,348 2,020 1,395 - 457 - 3,872 31 3,903 89.77%
Central Leeward 3,251 1,539 1,414 - - - 2,953 12 2,965 91.20%
North Leeward 3,405 1,042 1,446 - - 664 3,152 17 3,169 93.07%
Grenadines 3,520 2,362 524 - - - 2,886 35 2,921 82.98%
Total 47,863 21,700 17,493 855 1,350 810 42,208 299 42,507 88.81%
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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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