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General Elections 1956

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Elections were held on Thursday 06th December, 1956. The Supervisor of Elections was Mr. L. A. Chase and the Deputy Supervisor of Elections was Mr. C. A. Ramsey.

Six hundred and ninety three (693) Election Officers were deployed at the Polling Stations as follows:

  • Twelve (12) Returning Officers
  • Fifteen (15) Election Clerks
  • One hundred and eighty-two (182) Presiding Officers
  • Three hundred and seventy-four (374) Poll Clerks
  • One hundred and ten (110) Counting Assistants

One hundred and ten (110) Polling Stations were used and the cost of renting privately-owned buildings was $15 or $20 depending on the size of the building and the amentities provided.

Sixty three (63) candidates were nominated as follows:

  • Barbados Labour Party (BLP) - 19
  • Demoratic Labour Party (DLP) - 16
  • Progressive Conservative Party (PCP) - 13
  • Peoples Progessive Movement (PPM) -4
  • Independents (IND) - 11
  • There were 103,290 registered electors, 42,985 males and 60,304 females. 62,274 electors voted, 60% or 28,845 were males and 33,429 were females. The BLP received 49%, DLP - 20%, PCP - 21%, PPM - .02% and IND .08% of the votes cast.

    Twenty four (24) candidates; two (2) for each of the twelve (12) constituencies were elected to the House of Assembly as follows:

  • Barbados Labour Party - 15
  • Demoratic Labour Party - 4
  • Progessive Conservative Party - 3
  • Independents - 2