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Trinidad and Tobago General Election Results - 18 September 1950
Parliament Building, Trinidad and Tobago

General Elections were held in Trinidad and Tobago on 18 September 1950 for all 18 seats in the Legislative Council. The number of seats had been incresed from nine prior to the election.

Electoral System

The 18 members of the Legislative Council are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.

Background

In 1950, the constitution was redrawn. It now provided for a Legislative Council of 26 members, 18 of them elected; a policymaking Executive Council of nine (five elected by the Legislative Council), and a rudimentary ministerial system. Further constitutional changes followed, and by 1959, the Legislative Council had more elected members and an elected speaker, and the ministerial system had developed into a Cabinet elected from the Legislative Council. The Governor’s powers were circumscribed. He did not normally chair Cabinet meetings, and had to act in accordance with the Cabinet’s advice.

Political Parties & Candidates

Six political parties contested the 1950 election.

Results

The result was a victory for the British Empire Citizens' and Workers' Home Rule Party, which won 6 of the 18 seats. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 70.10%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 18 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 189,998
Invalid Votes 8,492
Total Votes Cast 198,490
Registered Voters 283,150
Voter Turnout 70.10%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Polling Day Mon, 18 Sep 1950
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  British Empire Citizens' and Workers' Home Rule Party Winner BEC WHRP 41,928 22.07% -0.25%   6 +3
  Trade Union Congress and Socialist Party TUCSP 19,917 10.48% +6.73%   1 -1
  Trinidad Labour Party TLP 14,992 7.89% +6.74%   2 +2
  Trade Union Council TUC 9,025 4.75% +4.75%   0 -
  Party of Political Congress Groups PPCC 6,507 3.42% +3.42%   2 +2
  Caribbean Socialist Party CSP 4,529 2.38% +2.38%   1 +1
  Independent Candidates IND 93,100 49.00% +19.37%   6 +5
  Total   189,998 100% - - 18 +9
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PNM= People's National Movement; PP=People's Partnership; ILP=Independent Labour Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
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