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General Election Results - 12 August 1957

General elections were held in British Guiana on 12 August 1957 for the 35-seat parliament under the "first past the post" system.

A total of 55 candidates contested the elections, including six independents. The National Labour Front(NLF)  was the only party to run a candidate in every Legislative Council seat, with the two factions of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) both contesting 13 seats. The United Democratic Party (UDP) contested eight seats and the Guiana National Party one

The result was victory for the Jaganite faction of the People's Progressive Party (PPP) winning 9 of the 14 elected seats in the Legislative Council and 47.51% of the vote. The Burnhamite faction of the PPP won 3 seats. The National Labour Front (NLF) and United Democratic Party (UDP) won one seat each.

Voter turnout was 55.79%.

After the elections, the Burnhamite faction of the PPP merged with the UDP to form the People's National Congress (PNC).

14 elected seats
Total Valid Votes 116,939
Invalid Votes 1,625
Total Votes Cast 118,564
Registered Voters 212,518
Voter Turnout 55.79%
Dissolution of House -
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Mon, 12 Aug 1957
First Meeting of New Parliament Tue, 10 Sep 1957
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  Political Group Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
  People’s Progressive Party (Jaganite) Winner PPP(J) 55,552 47.51% 13 9
  People’s Progressive Party (Burnhamite) PPP(B) 29,802 25.49% 13 3
  National Labour Front NLF 13,465 11.51% 14 1
  United Democratic Party UDP 9,564 8.18% 8 1
  Guiana National Party GNP 199 0.17% 1 -
  Independent Candidates IND 8,357 7.15% 6 -
  Total Valid Votes   116,939 100% 55 14
Electoral District Candidate Elected Party Votes polled Votes by candidate %votes
1. Eastern Berbice  Dr. Cheddi Jagan PPP (J) 18, 413  15, 640  84.9
2. New Amsterdam  William Oscar Rudyard Kendall UDP 3, 088  1, 420  46
3. Berbice River  Ajodha Singh  PPP (J) 2, 983  1, 483  49.7
4. Western Berbice  Sheik Mohamed Saffee PPP (J) 5, 992  2, 893  48.3
5. Eastern Demerara  Edward Balkaran Beharry PPP (J) 11, 015  6, 689  60.7
6. Central Demerara  Balram Singh Rai PPP (J) 14, 334  7, 125  49.7
7. Georgetown North  Andrew Leonard Jackson PPP (B) 5, 881  2, 513  42.7
8. Georgetown Central  Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham PPP (B) 6, 798  3, 570  52.6
9. Georgetown South  Jainarine Singh  PPP (B) 12, 257  6, 183  50.4
10. Demerara River  Fred Bowman PPP (J) 12, 068  6, 245  51.8
11. Demerara – Essequibo  Ram Karran  PPP (J) 8, 954  5, 776  64.5
12. Essequibo River  Brindley Horatio Benn PPP (J) 6, 883  2,842 41.3
13. Western Essequibo  Janet Jagan  PPP (J) 6, 703  3, 802  56.7
14. North Western District  Stephen Campbell NLF 1,570 995 63.3
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