GRENADA
Parliamentary Chamber: House of Representatives

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1995

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Chamber:
  House of Representatives


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  20 June 1995


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in the House of Representatives on the normal expiry of the members’ term of office.


Background and outcome of elections:

  Following the previous (March 1990) general elections, a series of strikes in early 1992 by public-sector and port workers, in support of wage demands, caused considerable disruption in the country. At the same time, popular dissatisfaction with the Government increased and, on 1 February 1995, Prime Minister Nicholas Brathwaite (National Democratic Congress – NDC) resigned; he was succeeded by Mr. George Brizan, a former Minister.

Campaign debate focused on the issue of income tax and the high (17%) unemployment rate. The main opposition New National Party (NNP) advocated the abolition of the tax, thus differing with the ruling NDC, which had introduced income tax in early 1995.

On polling day, the NNP, headed by Mr. Keith Mitchell, emerged on top in the House, capturing eight seats. Mr. Mitchell, who announced that his Government would aim for national reconciliation, thus became Prime Minister on 22 June, the new Cabinet being formed the same day.

STATISTICS

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total Gain/Loss
New National Party (NNP) 8 +6
National Democratic Congress (NDC) 5 -2
Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) 2 -2
National Party (NP) 0 -2

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 12
Women: 3


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