ELECTIONS HELD IN 1989
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|House of Representatives|
|4 September 1989|
|Elections were held for all the seats in the House of Representatives. General elections had previously taken place in December 1984.|
|As in the past, primary contenders in the 1989 elections were the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP), led by incumbent Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel, and the People’s United Party (PUP), headed by former Prime Minister George Price. During the electoral campaign, the labour-oriented PUP criticized conservative UDP’s free-market economic policies and the growing involvement of foreign interests in Belize’s economy. It also advocated a more liberal broadcasting policy.
Polling results gave the PUP a surprising victory (15 House seats to UDP’s 13), thus returning it to power after five years in opposition. Mr. Price once again became head of the Government and promised a mixed (State planning and liberalism) economic system. His 14-member Cabinet was sworn in on 8 September.
|Round no 1 (4 September 1989): Elections results|
|Number of registered electors||82,556|
|Blank or invalid ballot papers||1,003|
|Round no 1: Distribution of votes|
|People’s United Party (PUP)||28||29,986||50.02|
|United Democratic Party (UDP)||28||28,900||48.20|
|Round no 1: Distribution of seats|
|People’s United Party (PUP)||15*||+8|
|United Democratic Party (UDP)||13||-8|
|Excluding the Speaker.
* On 8 September 1989, one UDP member joined the PUP instead, increasing its parliamentary representation to 16 seats.
|Distribution of seats according to sex:|
|Distribution of seats according to age:|
|61 and over||3|
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