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BARBADOS
House of Assembly
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parliament of Barbados / Parlement de Barbade
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name House of Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 21 February 2013
Purpose of elections Prime Minister Freundel Stuart's Democratic Labour Party (DLP) retained power with a 2- seat majority, defeating the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). On 22 February, Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, swore him into the office. Mr. Stuart had assumed the post in October 2010 when his predecessor David Thompson passed away.

During the election campaign, the DLP pledged to establish a Barbados that is "socially balanced, economically viable, environmentally sound and characterized by good governance". The BLP promised to lower VAT on electricity and food from 17.5% to 15% so as to reduce the cost of living. BLP leader Owen Arthur, conceding defeat, resigned after the elections and was succeeded by Ms. Mia Mottley.
Date of previous elections: 15 January 2008

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 29 January 2013

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: February 2018

Number of seats at stake: 30 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 68 (56 men, 12 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 17.6%

Number of parties contesting the election: 4

Number of parties winning seats: 2

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Democratic Labour Party (DLP)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 6 March 2013

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Michael Carrington (DLP)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 121 February 2013
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
235'510
155'204 (65.9%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Democratic Labour Party (DLP) 16
Barbados Labour Party (BLP) 14
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
25
5
16.67%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Sources:
Parliament (28.02.2013)
http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/538/

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