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General Elections 1981

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For the 1981 elections, the number of constituencies was increased from 24 to 27.

On 26th May, 1981 the Governor General issued a proclamation dissolving Parliament and Writs appointing Wednesday 3rd June, 1981 as Nomination Day and Thursday 18th June, 1981 as Election Day. The Supervisor of Elections was Mr. Dennis A. Smith and a Deputy Supervisor of Elections was appointed.

One thousand five hundred and sixty three (1,563) Election Officers were deployed at the Polling Stations as follows:

  • Twenty-seven (27) Returning Officers
  • Twenty-seven (27) Election Clerks
  • Four hundred and fourty (440) Presiding Officers
  • Nine hundred and seven (907) Poll Clerks
  • One hundred and sixty-two (162) Counting Assistants

There were four hundred and forty (440) Polling Stations in two hundred and fifty three (253) buildings and the cost of renting privately owned buildings ranged from $100 to $150 depending on the facilities provided.

Sixty (60) candidates were nominated as follows:

  • Barbados Labour Party (BLP) - 27
  • Demoratic Labour Party (DLP) - 27
  • Independents (IND) - 6
  • There were 167,029 registered electors, 76,854 males and 90,175 females of which 71.6% or 119,566 voted - 53,861 males and 65, 705 females. The BLP received 52.2%, DLP 47.1% and IND 0.7% of the votes cast.

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

  • Barbados Labour Party - 17
  • Demoratic Labour Party - 10
  • Independents - 0

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