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General Election Results - 1 July 1985

Elections were held on 1 July 1985 for the 21 Representatives of the House of Assembly on the normal expiry of their term of office.

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.

Primary contenders in the 1985 general elections were the ruling Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), led by Prime Minister Mary Eugenia Charles, and the Labour Party of Dominica (LPD), headed by Michael Douglas; the LDP had been formed earlier in the year through a merger of the former Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and the United Dominica Labour Party (UDLP).  During the campaign, Miss Charles pointed to her Government's record of having improved the economy (especially reductions in the unemployment and inflation rates) and virtually achieved food self-sufficiency in the country.  In foreign affairs, the DFP was regarded as pro-West. 

A total of 49 candidates vied for the 21 seats at stake.  On polling day, the conservative DFP emerged with a slightly reduced but still dominant majority of Representatives.  Voter turnout was 74.6%.  Prime Minister Charles was sworn in for a second five-year term on 3 July and, the next day, announced the formation of a reshuffled Cabinet.

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Total Valid Votes 33,281
Invalid Votes 284
Total Votes Cast 33,565
Population 80,000
Voting Age Population 44,960
Registered Voters 45,018
Voter Turnout 74.56%
Critical Dates
Dissolution of Parliament Nomination Day Polling Day
- - Monday, 1 July 1985
Summary by Party
Party Code Votes % votes Seats
Dominica Labour Party DLP 13,014 39.10% 5
Dominica Freedom Party DFP 18,865 56.68% 15
United Dominica Labour Party UDLP 558 1.68% 1
Dominica Progressive Party DPP 78 0.23% 0
Independents IND 766 2.30% 0
Total Valid Votes 33,281 100% 21
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Summary by Constituency
Constituency Registered Voters Total Votes Voter Turnout
Castle Bruce 1,836 1,370 74.62%
Colihaut 1,124 880 78.29%
Cottage 1,341 1,046 78.00%
Grand Bay 2,749 1,834 66.72%
La Plaine 1,758 1,356 77.13%
Mahaut 2,962 2,403 81.13%
Marigot 1,901 1,317 69.28%
Morne Jaune/ Riviere Cyrique 1,024 841 82.13%
Paix Bouche 1,386 1,062 76.62%
Petite Savanne 1,763 1,342 76.12%
Portsmouth 2,000 1,489 74.45%
Roseau Central 3,200 2,139 66.84%
Roseau North 5,842 4,183 71.60%
Roseau South 2,848 2,114 74.23%
Roseau Valley 1,127 900 79.86%
Salisbury 1,792 1,475 82.31%
Salybia 1,315 1,058 80.46%
St. Joseph 2,095 1,592 75.99%
Soufreire 2,583 1,889 73.13%
Vieille Case 1,594 1,202 75.41%
Wesley 2,778 2,073 74.62%
Total 45,018 33,565 74.56%
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 Eden DURAND   Dominica Labour Party
Colihaut Clem SHILLINGORD   Dominica Freedom Party
Cottage Alleyne CARBON   Dominica Freedom Party
Grand Bay Pierre CHARLES   Dominica Labour 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   Dominica Freedom Party
Paix Bouche Roosevelt DOUGLAS   United Dominica Labour Party
Petite Savanne Ralph S. FADELLE   Dominica Freedom Party
Portsmouth Michael A. S. DOUGLAS   Dominica Labour Party
Roseau Central Mary Eugenia CHARLES   Dominica Freedom Party
Roseau North Allan A. GUYE   Dominica Freedom Party
Roseau South Ronan DAVID   Dominica Freedom Party
Roseau Valley Henry GEORGE   Dominica Freedom Party
Salisbury James ROYER   Dominica Freedom Party
Salybia Ann TIMOTHY   Dominica Freedom Party
St. Joseph Patrick R JOHN   Dominica Labour Party
Soufriere Charles A. MAYNARD   Dominica Freedom Party
Vieille Case Alexis WILLIAMS   Dominica Freedom Party
Wesley Robert Elford HENRY   Dominica Labour Party
DLP = Dominica Labour Party; UWP = United Workers Party; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
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