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Montserrat General Election Results - 18 November 2019

General Elections were held in Montserrat on 18 November 2019 for the nine elected seats in the Legislative Assembly.

Electoral System

The Legislative Assembly of Montserrat has eleven members, of which nine are elected. The other two seats are taken by the Attorney General and the Financial Secretary.

The British Overseas Territory is a single nine-member constituency, with voters able to vote for up to nine candidates on their ballot paper.

Background

In a brief radio broadcast on Monday, 7 October 2019, Romeo told listeners the time had finally come to announce the dissolution of Parliament and the date for the 2019 general elections. He said he had already met with the Acting Governor Lyndell Simpson and confirmed that the instruments for the dissolution of parliament had been signed. He announced November 18 as the date for general elections in this British Overseas Territory. Nomination Day was later announced for Monday, 18 November 2019.

In the days following the announcement, Romeo was ousted as leader of the PDM party and decided to run in the elections as an independent.

In October 2018, Romeo survived a move by disgruntled opposition legislators to bring down his administration when a key government backbencher indicated that he had no intention of supporting a vote of no confidence against him. Former agriculture minister Claude Hogan held the key to the survival of the government that faced an uphill task to complete its first five-year term, but told legislators that they should withdraw the motion. The government which held a slim one seat majority in the Legislative Assembly and political observers had expected Hogan, who was dismissed by Romeo in 2017, to have sided with the opposition that included two former members of the ruling People’s Democratic Movement (PDM).

The 2014 general election was a victory for the newly established PDM, which was formed by Romeo on April 30 that year, in order to contest the elections. The party defeated the then ruling MCAP, the Alliance of Independent Candidates and 10 other independents. 

Political Parties & Candidates

A total of 35 candidates were nominated to contest the election including 8 women and 27 men. Four parties will be contesting the elections. The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), now led by Paul Lewis is fielding seven candidates, and the Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) led by Joseph Easton Taylor-Farrell has a full slate of nine.  The Montserrat National Congress (MNC) led by Dr Lowell Lewis has three candidates and the Montserrat United Labour Party (MULP) led by Peter Queeley has five. There are also 11 independent candidates contesting the election.

Election Observers

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Islands and Mediterranean Region has been invited by the Government of Montserrat to conduct the election observation mission. The team comprises parliamentarians, officials and analysts. The Mission will observe the election process and meet with key stakeholders including officials, candidates, and members of the public. The election will be observed against international standards and domestic laws by seven international observers. Initial findings will be published after the election, and the final report including recommendations will be published two months later.

Results

The result was a victory for the Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) led by Joseph Easton Taylor-Farrell, winning 5 of the 9 seats. The Paul Lewis led People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) won three seats, while former Premier Donaldson Romeo retained his seat, but this time as an independent.

Newcomer Veronica Dorsette-HEctor of MCAP will be the only woman in the new Legislative Assembly. She joins the other newcomer, Crenston Buffonge - also of MCAP. Dr. Samuel Joseph (MCAP), David Osborne (PDM), and Claude Hogan (PDM) all retained their seats, while Charles Kirnon (MCAP) returns to the Legislative Assembly after previously serving from 2006 to 2014.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 62.52% of the 3,858 registered voters.

Post-election

On Tuesday, 19 November 2019, Joseph Easton Taylor-Farrell was sworn in as the third premier of the British Overseas Territory. The newly appointed Ministers of the MCAP administration were officially sworn in on Friday, 22 November 2019. On 22 November 2019, PDM Leader Paul Lewis was sworn is the the new Leader of the Opposition.

SEAT DISTRIBUTION
Seat Distribution
ELECTORAL MAP
Electoral Map
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System Voters vote for up to nine candidates on their ballot paper
Elected Members A single nine-member constituency
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Ballots 2,403
Invalid Ballots 9
Total Ballots Cast 2,412
Registered Voters 3,858
Voter Turnout 62.52%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of Legislative Assembly Mon, 7 Oct 2019
Nomination Day Thu, 7 Nov 2019
Polling Day Mon, 18 Nov 2019
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Paul LEWIS
People's Democratic Movement (PDM)
  Photo Joseph Easton TAYLOR-FARRELL
Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP)
  Photo Lowell LEWIS
Montserrat National Congress (MNC)
  Photo Peter QUEELEY
Montserrat United Labour Party (MULP)
RELATED INFORMATION
Writ of Election 2019 Download report
Notification of Election 2019 Download report
Nomination Notice 2019 Download report
ELECTION REPORTS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
CPA Election Observers Preliminary Report Download report
CANDIDATES BY THE NUMBERS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
Independent Candidates
PDM MCAP MNC MULP IND
7 candidates 9 candidates 3 candidates 5 candidates 11 candidates
PARTY MANIFESTOS View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
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PDM 2019 Manifesto
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MCAP 2019 Manifesto
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MNC 2019 Manifesto
 
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Dr Ingrid BUFFONGE
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Karen ALLEN
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Veta WADE
2019 Manifesto
 
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
  Movement for Change and Prosperity MCAP 8,511 42.66% 9 5
  People's Democratic Movement PDM 5,969 29.92% 7 3
  Montserrat United Labour Party MULP 1,227 6.15% 5 -
  Montserrat National Congress MNC 828 4.15% 3 -
  Independents IND 3,414 17.11% 11 1
Total 19,949 100% 35 9
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SUMMARY RESULTS BY CANDIDATE
  Candidate Party Votes % Votes  
  Crenston BUFFONGE MCAP 1,378 6.91% Winner
  Paul LEWIS PDM 1,251 6.27% Winner
  Joseph FARRELL MCAP 1,210 6.07% Winner
  Donaldson ROMEO IND 1,060 5.31% Winner
  Veronica DORSETTE-HECTOR MCAP 1,007 5.05% Winner
  Dr Samuel JOSEPH MCAP 998 5.00% Winner
  Charles KIRNON MCAP 970 4.86% Winner
  David OSBORNE PDM 947 4.75% Winner
  Claude HOGAN PDM 873 4.38% Winner
  Dwayne HIXON PDM 862 4.32%  
  Dr Ingrid BUFFONGE IND 861 4.32%  
  Jenzil SKERRITT MCAP 854 4.28%  
  Charlesworth PHILLIP MCAP 822 4.12%  
  Roselyn CASSELL-SEALY MCAP 722 3.62%  
  Emile DUBERRY PDM 698 3.50%  
  Delmaude RYAN PDM 687 3.44%  
  David DUBERRY PDM 651 3.26%  
  Norman CASSELL MCAP 550 2.76%  
  Peter QUEELEY MULP 482 2.42%  
  Gregory WILLOCK MNC 405 2.03%  
  Dr Lowell LEWIS MNC 327 1.64%  
  Victor JAMES Sr. IND 308 1.54%  
  Shirley OSBORNE IND 253 1.27%  
  Jermaine WADE MULP 244 1.22%  
  Veta WADE IND 233 1.17%  
  Franklyn GREAVES MULP 204 1.02%  
  Bertram LEE MULP 204 1.02%  
  Alvin GERALD IND 196 0.98%  
  Eulyn SILCOTT-GREAVES IND 142 0.71%  
  Karen ALLEN IND 120 0.60%  
  Dunstan LINDESAY IND 98 0.49%  
  Chedmond BROWNE MNC 96 0.48%  
  Keithroy MORSON MULP 93 0.47%  
  Glenn FRANCIS IND 92 0.46%  
  Wilford MEADE IND 51 0.26%  
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY View all Members of Parliament of Barbados
The unicameral Legislative Assembly compries 11 seats - 9 members popularly elected to serve five-year terms; the Attorney General and Financial Secretary sit as ex-officio members. The Council was constituted as follows:
  Photo Representative Party
  Photo Joseph FARRELL Movement for Change and Prosperity
  Photo Crenston BUFFONGE Movement for Change and Prosperity
  Photo Veronica DORSETTE Movement for Change and Prosperity
  Photo Samuel JOSEPH Movement for Change and Prosperity
  Photo Charles KIRNON Movement for Change and Prosperity
  Photo Paul LEWIS People's Democratic Movement
  Photo David OSBORNE People's Democratic Movement
  Photo Claude HOGAN People's Democratic Movement
  Photo Donaldson ROMEO Independent
Key
MCAP = Movement for Change and Prosperity; MNC = Montserrat National Congress; MULP = Montserrat United Labour Party; PDM = People's Democratic Movement; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Montserrat Electoral Commission
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