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SAINT LUCIA
House of Assembly

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER

Parliament name Houses of Parliament
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Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
Affiliation to the IPU No
Affiliation date(s)
LEADERSHIP
President Peter I. Foster (M) 
Notes Elected on 5 Jan. 2012.
Secretary General Lyndell Gustave (F) 
COMPOSITION
Members (statutory / current number) 18 / 17
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN


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Women (current number) 2 (11.76%)
Mode of designation directly elected 17
other 1
Notes Other: the Speaker may be designated from outside parliament and becomes a member of parliament by virtue of holding the office of Speaker.
Term 5 years
Last renewal dates 6 June 2016
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Address House of Assembly
Parliament Office
Laborie Street
Castries
Saint Lucia, West Indies
(Export mailing lists)
Phone (1 758) 468 3959
468 3917
Fax (1 758) 452 5451
E-mail parliamentslu@yahoo.co.uk
Website
http://www.govt.lc/house-of-assembly

ELECTORAL SYSTEM

Parliament name Houses of Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
LEGAL FRAMEWORK
Electoral law 1 January 1900
Mode of designation directly elected 17
other 1
Constituencies 17 single-member constituencies.
Voting system Majority: Simple majority vote (first past the post).
Vacancies arising between general elections are filled through by-elections held within three months of the occurrence of the vacancy.
Voting is not compulsory.
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- British Commonwealth citizenship
- residence in Saint Lucia
- disqualifications: insanity, imprisonment, death sentence, conviction for electoral offences
CANDIDATES
Eligibility - qualified electors
- age: 21 years
- British Commonwealth citizenship
- birth in Saint Lucia
- domicile and residence in the country on the date of nomination (or birth elsewhere with residency in the country for a period of 12 months immediately before that date)
- ability to speak and - unless incapacitated by blindness or other physical cause - to read the English language with a degree of proficiency sufficient to take an active part in the proceedings of the House
- ineligibilities: allegiance to a foreign State, undischarged bankruptcy, insanity, death sentence, imprisonment exceeding 12 months
Incompatibilities - ministers of religion
Candidacy requirements - support by at least six registered electors
- deposit of 250 East Caribbean dollars, reimbursed if the candidate obtains at least 1/8 of the votes cast in the constituency

LAST ELECTIONS

Parliament name Houses of Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 6 June 2016
Timing and scope of renewal The United Workers Party (UWP), now led by former tourism minister Allen Chastanet, regained power after four years in opposition, taking 11 of the 17 seats. Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), who was seeking a fourth term in office, conceded defeat and announced that he would not be the Leader of the opposition in the new House of Assembly. Mr. Chastanet was sworn in as Prime Minister on 7 June.

Elections were not constitutionally required until April 2017 but the Prime Minister called early elections in May, stating that they were needed to ensure "peace, stability and certainty" in the country. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on measures to stimulate the economy, reducing unemployment and tax reforms, including the reduction of the VAT.
Date of previous elections: 28 November 2011

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 19 May 2016

Timing of election: Early elections

Expected date of next elections: June - October 2021*
*The term of the house is five years from the first session. General Elections are constitutionally due for the latest, three months after the first sitting of Parliament.

Number of seats at stake: 17 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 39 (33 men, 6 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 15.4%

Number of parties contesting the election: 3

Number of parties winning seats: 2

Alternation of power: Yes

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Parti des travailleurs unis (UWP)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 16 June 2016
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
160'465


Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political group Candidates Votes % of votes
United Workers Party (UWP)
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total of seats
United Workers Party (UWP) 11
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) 6
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men

Women

Percent of women
15

2

11.76%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Sources:
House of Assembly (13.06.2016)
http://elections.gov.lc/
http://elections.gov.lc/map-seat.php

PRESIDENCY OF THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER

Parliament name Houses of Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
APPOINTMENT AND TERM OF OFFICE
Title Speaker of the House of Assembly
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: resignation, death, dissolution
Appointment - elected by all the Members of the Assembly who are present
- election is held at the first sitting of the newly elected Assembly or when a vacancy occurs
- before Members are sworn in
Eligibility - any Member of the Assembly (except a Minister or a Parliamentary Secretary) or any qualified person can be a candidate
- candidatures must be submitted by a third party who is himself a Member of the Assembly
- candidatures must be seconded by another Member of the Assembly
Voting system - if only one candidature is submitted : the candidate is elected without a vote or debate
- if several candidatures are submitted : a secret ballot is taken for each candidates in the order of their registration until one of them is elected.
Procedures / results - the Clerk presides over the Assembly during the voting
- the Clerk announces the results without any delay
STATUS
Status - in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker (or any other Member elected for that sitting) can assume his/her role and functions
Board
Material facilities
FUNCTIONS
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions, in exceptional case only
- organises the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of questions, petitions, bills and amendments
Chairing of public sittings - can open and close sittings, within the framework of the Standing Orders
- can suspend sittings for short periods
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Assembly
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures
- establishes the list of speakers, gives (the Member who catches the Speaker's eye would have the floor) and withdraws permission to speak
- calls for a vote, decides how it is to be carried out, verifies the voting procedure and cancels a vote in the event of irregularities
- checks the quorum
- authenticates the adopted texts and the records of debates
- interprets the rules of other regulations governing the life of the Assembly
Special powers - is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Assembly
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - takes part in voting, only if he/she has been elected at the Assembly and only in the case of a tied vote

This page was last updated on 21 June 2016
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