GRENADA
Parliamentary Chamber: House of Representatives

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1999

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Chamber:
  House of Representatives


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  18 January 1999


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in the House of Representatives following the premature dissolution of this body on 2 December 1998. General elections had previously been held in June 1995.


Background and outcome of elections:

  General elections for the House of Representatives had last been held in June 1995 and were thus not normally due for another 18 months. However, on 2 December 1998, Parliament was dissolved after the resignation of Foreign Minister Raphael Fletcher from the ruling New National Party (NNP), which left it with a minority seven of the House's 15 seats. On 14 December, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell announced the January polling date.

Grenada's economy is based largely on tourism and agriculture. In this context, Mr. Mitchell stated during the campaign that he wanted to continue infrastructure spending and attracting foreign investment to develop the country's facilities and create new jobs. The opposition parties - led by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Mrs. Joan Purcell and the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP)/United Labour alliance - accused the government of corruption and claimed that it was not paying enough attention to health care and abuses of power by the police forces. Altogether 48 candidates (including two independents) were in the running.

Polling day was monitored by observers from the Organisation of American States, who declared the voting process free and fair. According to final results, the NNP had captured all 15 seats thus becoming the first party to be returned to power since 1974. In this context, Mr. Mitchell continued as Prime Minister and his new Cabinet was sworn in on 21 January.

STATISTICS
Round no 1 (18 January 1999): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 73 682
Voters 41 753 (57 %)
Blank or invalid ballot papers 205
Valid votes 41 548

Round no 1: Distribution of votes  
Political Group Candidates Votes %
New National Party (NNP) 15 25 850 62.22
National Democratic Congress (NDC) 12 10 337 24.88
Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) 9 4 998 12.03
Others and independents 12 363 0.87

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total Gain/Loss
New National Party (NNP) 15 +7
National Democratic Congress (NDC) 0 -5
Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) 0 -2
Others and independents 0 n.a.

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 11
Women: 4
Percent of women: 26.67


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