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General Election Results - 16 May 1989

General elections were held on Tuesday, 16 May 1989 for all the Representatives in the House of Assembly on the normal expiry of their term of office.  Two seats were added since last elections increasing the number of elected seats to 15.

The unicameral Parliament of St. Vincent, the House of Assembly, comprises 15 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.

As a result of the 1989 general elections, the centrist, ruling New Democratic Party (NDP) won all 15 elective seats in the House of Assembly and more than 66% of the votes cast, thus also capturing the three seats that had belonged to the opposition Labour Party.  Two minor opposition groups also failed to gain representation.  Voter turnout was 72.4%.

This outcome meant that James Mitchell – an advocate of a union of eastern Caribbean countries – was returned for a second term as Prime Minister.  He subsequently reshuffled his 10-member Cabinet.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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Total Valid Votes 43,867
Invalid Votes 351
Total Votes Cast 44,218
Population 106,000
Voting Age Population 57,558
Registered Voters 61,091
Voter Turnout 72.38%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Third Parliament -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Tue, 16 May 1989
First Meeting of Fourth Parliament -
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo James MITCHELLWinner
New Democratic Party (NDP)
  Photo Vincent BEACHE
St. Vincent Labour Party (SVLP)
  Photo Ralph GONSALVES
Movement of Naitonal Unity (MNU)
  Photo
United People's Movement (UPM)
RELATED RESOURCES
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Constitution (1979) Download report
Representation of the People Act (revised 2009) Download report
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  New Democratic Party NDP 29,079 66.29% +14.9% 15 15 +6
  Saint Vincent Labour Party SVLP 13,290 30.30% -11.1% 15 0 -4
  United People's Movemnet UPM 468 1.07% -2.1% 2 0 -
  Movement for National Unity MNU 1,030 2.35% +0.3% 2 0 -
  Total Valid Votes Total 43,867 100% - 34 15 +2
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
North Windward NW 3,612 1,899 998 - - 2,897 22 2,919 80.81%
North Central Windward NC 4,421 1,359 1,263 889 - 3,511 60 3,571 80.77%
South Central Windward SC 4,526 2,783 323 - 334 3,440 20 3,460 76.45%
South Windward SW 4,184 1,991 1,133 - - 3,124 31 3,155 75.41%
Marriaqua MQ 4,707 1,940 1,608 - - 3,548 13 3,561 75.65%
East St. George EG 4,771 1,854 1,427 - - 3,281 25 3,306 69.29%
West St. George WG 4,821 2,041 1,048 - - 3,089 28 3,117 64.65%
East Kingstown EK 4,204 1,750 798 141 - 2,689 17 2,706 64.37%
Central Kingstown CK 4,270 2,018 624 - - 2,642 21 2,663 62.37%
West Kingstown WK 4,336 2,174 664 - - 2,838 24 2,862 66.01%
South Leeward SL 4,614 2,367 1,054 - 134 3,555 28 3,583 77.65%
Central Leeward CL 3,947 2,016 1,076 - - 3,092 22 3,114 78.90%
North Leeward NL 4,225 2,257 1,040 - - 3,297 16 3,313 78.41%
Northern Grenadines NG 2,899 1,664 157 - - 1,821 17 1,838 63.40%
Southern Grenadines SG 1,554 966 77 - - 1,043 7 1,050 67.57%
Total   61,091 29,079 13,290 1,030 468 43,867 351 44,218 72.38%
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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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