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BARBADOS
House of Assembly
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parliament of Barbados / Parlement de Barbade
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 24 May 2018
Purpose of elections Ms. Mia Mottley's Barbados Labour Party (BLP) swept all 30 seats in the House of Assembly, ousting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart's Democratic Labour Party (DLP), which had ruled the country since 2008. On 25 May, Ms. Mottley was sworn in as the new Prime Minister, becoming the first woman in Barbados to assume the post.

The 2018 elections were held amid slow recovery from the global economic crisis in 2008. The DLP ran on the government's record, citing economic growth for eight consecutive quarters It promised to improve self-sufficiency in food products to 50% by 2026, which will mark 60 years of independence from the United Kingdom. The BLP criticized the DLP over taxation and the cost of living. It pledged to rebuild foreign currency reserves, bring tax relief, provide regular garbage collection and more buses for public transportation, and repair roads.
Date of previous elections: 21 February 2013

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 5 March 2018

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry*
*The five-year term of the outgoing House of Assembly started on 6 March 2013. Elections were due within 90 days from 5 March 2018.

Expected date of next elections: May – August 2023

Number of seats at stake: 30 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 135 (98 men, 37 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 27.4%

Number of parties contesting the election: 8

Number of parties winning seats: 1

Alternation of power: Yes

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Barbados Labour Party (BLP)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 5 June 2018

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Arthur Holder (Barbados Labour Party, BLP)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 124 May 2018
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
255'654


Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Barbados Labour Party (BLP) 30
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
24
6
20.00%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Sources:
Parliament (25.05.2018)
https://www.electoral.barbados.gov.bb/
https://uk.reuters.com/
http://www.caribbeanelections.com/bb/elections/bb_results_2018.asp
https://www.blp.org.bb/
https://dlpbarbados.org/

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