General elections were held in Belize on 24 November 1979 for all 18 seats in the House of Representatives using a first-past-the-post system.
The PUP went into the election with a 13-5 majority, having picked up a seat after the previous election when Toledo District Area Rep. Vicente Choco crossed the floor from the opposition United Democratic Party in 1975. The election results confirmed that 13-5 majority.
In 1979, Belizeans were concerned about their progress toward independence and the Guatemalan claim to the colony. The UDP were not in favour of advancing on the former issue without a substantial settlement of the latter, and this led the PUP to turn the election into a sort of referendum on that question.
Political Parties & Candidates
A total of xx candidates contested the election.
The result was a victory for the ruling People's United Party, which won 13 of the 18 seats.
Voter turnout was 89.78%