SAINT LUCIA
Parliamentary Chamber: House of Assembly

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1997

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Chamber:
  House of Assembly


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  23 May 1997


Purpose of elections:

  General elections were held for all the seats in the House of Assembly on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.


Background and outcome of elections:

  Following the previous (April 1992) general elections, Prime Minister John Compton (United Workers Party - UWP) resigned from his post in March 1996 and was succeeded the next month by Mr. Vaughan Lewis. A new, expanded Cabinet was then announced.

In the 1997 elections, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), under its new leader Kenny Anthony, won a landslide victory over the long-ruling, conservative UWP, which had been in power for all but a brief three-year period (1979-1982) since 1964. On polling day, it managed to retain only one of the 11 seats it had held as even Mr. Lewis went down to defeat in his constituency. The socialist SLP, on the other hand, jumped from six to 16 seats. In this context, Mr. Anthony became Prime Minister and his Cabinet was formed on 26 May.

STATISTICS
Round no 1 (23 May 1997): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 111,330
Voters 73,535 (66.05%)
Blank or invalid ballot papers 1,563
Valid votes 71,972

Round no 1: Distribution of votes  
Political Group Votes %
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) 44,153 69.04
United Workers Party (UWP) 26,325 35.80
Independents 1,494 2.03

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total Gain/Loss
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) 16 +10
United Workers Party (UWP) 1 -10
Independents 0 =

Comments:
  These figures refer only to the elective seats

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 15
Women: 2
Percent of women: 11.11

Distribution of seats according to age:  
21-30 years 2
31-40 years 3
41-50 years 7
51-60 years 3
61-70 years 2


Distribution of seats according to profession:

 
Lawyers 5
Farmers 3
Management consultants 2
Others 7


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