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General Election Results - 16 July 1973

The 1973 general elections were the first held since Guyana became a Republic in 1970.

Violence marked the election campaign. Controversy especially surrounded registration of certain electors overseas and counting of votes at individual polling stations.

The People's National Congress (PNC), outgoing majority party in the Assembly headed by Prime Minister Burnham, succeeded in gaining more than 2/3 of the 53 seats at stake. Mr. Burnham boasted that the outcome
evidenced his party's support from the diverse racial groups inhabiting the country. The left-wing People's Progressive Party (PPP), strengthened by the nation's sizable Indian population, rejected this result, charging electoral fraud in its attainment. The right-wing Guyana Liberator Party declined for its part to occupy the seats it had won, alleging misconduct at the polls.

Voter turnout was 81.00%.

Mr. Burnham announced his newly-organized Cabinet on July 21.

Proportional Representation
53 elected seats
Total Valid Votes 347,810
Invalid Votes 1,780
Total Votes Cast 349,590
Registered Voters 431,575
Voter Turnout 81.00%
Dissolution of House Fri, 7 Sep 1973
Nomination Day -
Polling Day Mon, 16 Jul 1973
First Meeting of New Parliament Thu, 26 Jul 1973
  Political Group Code Votes % votes Seats
  People’s National Congress Winner PNC 243,803 70.10% 37
  People’s Progressive Party  PPP 92,374 26.56% 14
  Liberator Party LP 9,580 2.75% 2
  People’s Democratic Movement PDM 2,053 0.59% -
  Total Valid Votes   347,810 100% 53
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Alliance for Guyana AFG Liberator Party LP People’s Republic Party PRP
Democratic Labour Movement DLM National Democratic Front NDF People's Progressive Party/Civic PPP/C
God Bless Guyana GBG National Front Alliance NFA Rise Organise And Rebuild ROAR
Guiana National Party GNP National Independent Party NIP The United Force TUF
Guyana Action Party/Rise Organise And Rebuild GAP/ROAR National Labour Front NLF Union of Guyanese International UGI
Guyana Action Party/Working People’s Alliance GAP/WPA National Republican Party NRP United Democratic Party UDP
Guyana Democratic Party GDP Peace, Equality and Prosperity Party PEPP United Republican Party URP
Guyana National Congress GNC People’s Democratic Movement PDM United Workers Party UWP
Guyana United Muslim Party GUMP People’s National Congress PNC Working People’s Alliance WPA
Independents IND People’s National Congress PNC/R
Justice for All People JFAP People’s National Congress Reform - 1 Guyana PNCR-IG
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