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General Election Results - 21 July 1980

Elections were held on 21 July 1980 for 21 Representatives of the House of Assembly in the first general elections since Dominica became fully independent in November 1978

The unicameral Parliament of Dominica, the House of Assembly, is composed of 21 elected Representatives, in single-member constituencies through a fisr-past-the-post system. Of the remaining eleven members, nine are appointed by the Head of State and two - the Speaker and the Attorney General - are ex-officio. The normal duration of the legislature is 5 years.

Following independence in 1978, political turmoil between the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Government and opposition groups united in a Committee for National Salvation (CNS) plagued the country.  An interim CNS Government was formed in June 1979, subsequent to a 25-day general strike.

Major parties contesting the House seats were the conservative Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), led by Miss Mary Eugenia Charles; the DLP, headed by former Prime Minister Patrick John; and the newly formed Democratic Labour Party of Dominica (DLPD), led by Oliver Seraphine, the former CNS Prime Minister.  On polling day, the DFP gained a convincing victory, winning all but four of the Representatives' seats, whilst the ruling Dominica Labour Party lost all 16 seats after nineteen years in power.  Voter turnout was 80.2%.  Observers ascribed the poor showing of the other parties to the political scandals of which they had been victims.  Charles became the Caribbean's first woman Prime Minister.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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Total Valid Votes 30,595
Invalid Votes 247
Total Votes Cast 30,842
Population 73,000
Voting Age Population 38,106
Registered Voters 38,402
Voter Turnout 80.31%
Critical Dates
Dissolution of Parliament Nomination Day Polling Day
- - Monday, 21 July 1980
Summary by Party
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
Dominica Labour Party DLP 5,126 16.75% 20 0
Dominica Freedom Party DFP 15,706 51.34% 18 17
Dominica Democratic Labour Party DDLP 6,034 19.72% 20 2
Dominica Liberation Movement Alliance DLMA 2,575 8.42% 16 0
Independents IND 1,154 3.77% 4 2
Total Valid Votes 30,595 100% 78 21
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Summary by Constituency
Constituency Registered Voters DLP DFP DDLP DLMA IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Castle Bruce 1,629 288 459 265 269 57 1,338 13 1,351 82.93%
Colihaut 975 9 518 192 42 - 761 4 765 78.46%
Cottage 1,101 176 329 201 197 - 903 2 905 82.20%
Grand Bay 2,309 114 671 410 504 - 1,699 19 1,718 74.40%
La Plaine 1,532 310 699 121 115 - 1,245 13 1,258 82.11%
Mahaut 2,334 453 1,130 91 244 - 1,918 19 1,937 82.99%
Marigot 1,787 28 974 161 164 72 1,399 12 1,411 78.96%
Morne Jaune/ Riviere Cyrique 815 62 - 198 418 - 678 2 680 83.44%
Paix Bouche 1,116 52 - 324 5 527 908 16 924 82.80%
Petite Savanne 1,587 182 614 387 83 - 1,266 1 1,267 79.84%
Portsmouth 1,649 251 405 531 122 - 1,309 23 1,332 80.78%
Roseau Central 2,949 407 1,642 86 125 - 2,260 5 2,265 76.81%
Roseau North 4,770 1,279 2,140 235 - - 3,654 33 3,687 77.30%
Roseau South 2,464 408 1,312 266 - - 1,986 11 1,997 81.05%
Roseau Valley 972 125 486 124 - - 735 10 745 76.65%
Salisbury 1,508 - - - - - 1,269 14 1,283 85.08%
Salybia 1,138 86 303 346 114 80 929 6 935 82.16%
St. Joseph 1,892 627 766 248 - - 1,641 17 1,658 87.63%
Soufreire 2,166 69 1,298 36 81 - 1,484 13 1,497 69.11%
Vieille Case 1,414 74 587 493 29 - 1,183 7 1,190 84.16%
Wesley 2,295 86 715 652 458 - 1,911 7 1,918 83.57%
Total 38,402 5,086 15,048 5,367 2,970 736 30,476 247 30,723 80.00%
Elected Members of the House of Assembly
The Dominica House of Assembly has 32 members, 21 members elected for a five year term in single-seat constituencies, 9 appointed senators, the Speaker and 1 ex-officio member.
Constituency Representative   Party
Castle Bruce Oliver A. SANDERSON   Dominica Freedom Party
Colihaut Alvin ARMANTRADING   Dominica Freedom Party
Cottage Alleyne J CARBON   Dominica Freedom Party
Grand Bay Judiana HENDERSON   Dominica Freedom Party
La Plaine Heskeith ALEXANDER   Dominica Freedom Party
Mahaut Brian G.K. ALLEYNE   Dominica Freedom Party
Marigot Pattison A.S STEVENS   Dominica Freedom Party
Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Conrad W. CYRUS   Independent
Paix Bouche Jenner B.M. ARMOUR   Independent
Petite Savanne Ralph S. FADELLE   Dominica Freedom Party
Portsmouth Micheal A.S. DOUGLAS   Dominica Labour Party
Roseau Central M. Eugenia CHARLES   Dominica Freedom Party
Roseau North Henry G. DYER   Dominica Freedom Party
Roseau South Ronan A. DAVID   Dominica Freedom Party
Roseau Valley Henry GEORGE   Dominica Freedom Party
Salisbury Dennison JOHN   Dominica Freedom Party
Salybia Matthew JOSEPH   Dominica Labour Party
St. Joseph Kelleb LAURENT   Dominica Freedom Party
Soufriere Anthony MOISE   Dominica Freedom Party
Vieille Case Alexis E. WILLIAMS   Dominica Freedom Party
Wesley Kenneth WILLIAMS   Dominica Freedom Party
Key
DLP = Dominica Labour Party; UWP = United Workers Party; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Electoral Office of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica
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