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General Elections 1976

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On the 9th August, 1976 the Governor General issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament and issued Writs appointing Wednesday 18th August, 1976 as Nomination Day and Thursday 2nd September, 1976 as Election Day. The Supervisor of Elections was Mr. Dennis A. Smith and a Deputy Supervisor of Elections was appointed.

One thousand three hundred and fifty nine (1,359) Election Officers were deployed at the Polling Station as follows:

  • Twenty-four (24) Returning Officers
  • Twenty-eight (28) Election Clerks
  • Tthree hundred and sixty-three (363) Presiding Officers
  • Seven hundred and fifty-four (754) Poll Clerks
  • One hundred and ninety (190) Counting Assistants

Three hundred and sixty three (363) Polling Stations were used and the cost of renting privately owned buildings was $65 to $100 depending on the size of the building and the facilities provided.

Sixty (60) candidates were nominated as follows:

  • Barbados Labour Party (BLP) - 24
  • Demoratic Labour Party (DLP) - 24
  • People's Political Alliance (PPA) - 8
  • Independents (IND) - 4

  • There were 134,241 registered electors; 74.1% or 99,463 voted of which 46,003 were males and 53,460 females. The BLP received 52.7%, DLP 46.4%, PPA 0.6% and IND 0.3% of the votes cast.

    The election of members to serve in the House of Assembly was as follows: -

  • Barbados Labour Party - 17
  • Demoratic Labour Party - 7
  • People's Political Alliance - 0
  • Independents - 0

  • The full report can be purchased from the Electoral and Boundaries Commission - Electoral Department.