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General Election Results - 28 November 2011

On 6 November 2011, Prime Minister Stephenson King announced that general elections would be held on 28 November.

Elections were held for all 17 elected seats in the House of Assembly by first-past-the-post voting in single member constituencies. Following the elections, a Speaker is elected, who may be from outside the House.

In the previous elections held in December 2006, the then opposition United Workers Party (UWP), led by Sir John Compton, won 11 seats compared with six for Prime Minister Kenny Anthony's Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).  Compton - who had governed the country from 1964 to its independence in 1979, and then from 1982 to 1996 - was subsequently sworn in as Prime Minister. 

In April 2007, the country re-established diplomatic ties with Taiwan, 10 years after it had switched recognition to China. In May, China suspended its diplomatic ties with Saint Lucia. 

In September 2007, the Prime Minister passed away and was succeeded by  King. In November, Ms. Jeannie Compton (UWP) won the seat vacated by her father, the late Sir John Compton, becoming the first woman to be elected to parliament in Saint Lucia. 

The country's economy was severely affected by the global economic crisis started in 2008. It experienced a number of natural disasters, including Hurricane Thomas in October 2010, with damage totalling XCD 907 million. Unemployment rose to 24.5 per cent (up from 14% in 2006). Prior to the 2011 elections, two UWP parliamentarians - the Deputy Speaker and Ms. Compton - resigned from parliament due to a row over the government's policies. 

In July 2011, media reports from Trinidad suggested that Taiwan was spending USD 3.8 million to help UWP candidates win election, an allegation denied by Taiwan. 

Five parties contested the 2011 elections. In all, 52 candidates, including 10 women (19%) - up from three women out of 38 candidates (8%) in 2006 - were vying for seats in the House of Assembly. Ms. Jeannie Compton ran as an independent. 
The 2011 elections once again saw a duel between the UWP and the SLP. Both parties focused on job creation. 

Prime Minister King's UWP ran on the government's record, stating that despite the global economic crisis and a series of natural disasters, the public debt in terms of gross domestic product grew more slowly under the UWP administration: a 12.8 percentage-point increase between 2006 and 2010, compared to 20.9 points between 2001 and 2006. It pledged to reduce employment and poverty by creating jobs in tourism, information and communications technology, green energy, construction, manufacturing and the agricultural sectors. 

The SLP presented its employment activation programme, promising to inject XCD 100 million immediately into the economy for job creation and reconstruction activities. It also promised to grant an employment tax credit for new companies that employ at least six people above an annual salary of XCD 24,000 (about USD 9,000). 
The UWP criticized the appearance of a Dominican attorney (Astaphan) in the SLP's election campaign, saying he had been engaged by the SLP "to infect the election campaign with blatant lies calculated to deceive and insult the people of St Lucia". 

SLP leader Anthony dismissed the criticism, arguing that Astaphan's involvement in politics was part of deepening exchanges with people across borders. 

56.84 per cent of the 151,000 registered voters turned out at the polls. 
Observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) stated that the voting had been conducted in a "fluid and peaceful manner" and praised Saint Lucians' "commitment to and respect for democracy". It recommended a public debate on the need for legislation on campaign financing, and specifically, rules to prohibit anonymous and foreign contributions. 

The SLP won 11 seats compared with six for the UWP, thereby returning to power after six years in opposition. Five Cabinet ministers lost their seats, and Ms. Jeannie Compton failed to retain the seat her father had held over three decades. 
On 6 December, Anthony was sworn in as Prime Minister for a third term. 

On 5 January 2012, the newly elected House of Assembly held its first session and elected Peter I. Foster as the new Speaker. 

The Senate, whose members are appointed by the Governor-General, was renewed at the same time as the House.  Claudius J. Francis assumed the post of Senate President on the same day.

Following the death of Sir John Compton at the age of 82 in September 2007, Stephenson King, who had been acting for Compton during his illness, was sworn in as Prime Minister.

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Total Valid Votes 83,634
Invalid Votes 1,775
Total Votes Cast 85,409
Population 161,557
Registered Voters 151,466
Voter Turnout 56.39%
Dissolution of previous Parliament Mon, 7 Nov 2011
Nomination Day Thu, 17 Nov 2011
Polling Day Mon, 28 Nov 2011
First Meeting of new Parliament Thu, 5 Jan 2012
  Photo Kenny ANTHONY Winner
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP)
  Photo Stephenson KING
United Workers Party (UWP)
  Photo Therold PRUDENT
Lucian People's Movement (LPM)

Lucian Greens (LG)

  Photo Ausbert D'AUVERGNE
National Democratic Movement (NDM)
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  Party Code  Votes Number of Candidates Seats
Total % votes Change Number Change
  St. Lucia Labour Party SLP 42,620 50.96% +2.6% 17 11 +5
  United Workers Party UWP 39,336 47.03% -4.3% 17 6 -5
  Lucia Greens LG 17 0.02% - 3 0 -
  Lucian People's Movement LPM 163 0.19% - 6 0 -
  National Democratic Movement NDM 155 0.19% - 5 0 -
  Independents IND 1,343 1.61% +1.3% 3 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   83,634 100%   51 17 -
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Gros Islet A 17,937 5,242 5,236 - 64 47 - 10,589 169 10,758 59.98%
Babonneau B 10,256 2,947 2,945 - - - - 5,892 - 5,892 57.45%
Castries North C 10,936 2,189 3,261 - - 22 - 5,472 101 5,573 50.96%
Castries East D 11,986 3,224 2,490 - - - - 5,714 219 5,933 49.50%
Castries Central E 9,332 1,977 2,111 8 39 - - 4,135 67 4,202 45.03%
Castries South F 8,216 2,527 1,818 - - - - 4,345 51 4,396 53.51%
Canaries & Anse La Raye G 7,745 2,354 2,202 - - 17 32 4,605 84 4,689 60.54%
Soufriere H 7,436 2,438 2,065 - 11 - 18 4,532 114 4,646 62.48%
Choiseul I 8,611 2,789 2,694 - - - - 5,483 188 5,671 65.86%
Laborie J 6,238 2,346 1,352 - - - - 3,698 83 3,781 60.61%
Vieux Fort South K 7,990 2,817 1,576 - - 26 - 4,419 95 4,514 56.50%
Vieux Fort North L 6,053 2,241 1,051 - - - - 3,292 92 3,384 55.91%
Micoud South M 6,576 1,539 1,873 - 27 - - 3,439 99 3,538 53.80%
Micoud North N 7,070 886 1,633 3 - - 1,293 3,815 55 3,870 54.74%
Dennery South O 4,654 1,353 1,432 - 9 - - 2,794 71 2,865 61.56%
Dennery North P 7,681 2,348 2,079 6 13 43 - 4,489 77 4,566 59.45%
Castries South East Q 12,749 3,403 3,518 - - - - 6,921 210 7,131 55.93%
Total   151,466 42,620 39,336 17 163 155 1,343 83,634 1,775 85,409 56.39%
    Representative Party
Gros Islet   Photo HIPPOLYTE, Emma Saint Lucia Labour Party
Babonneau   Photo REYNOLDS, Alvina Saint Lucia Labour Party
Castries North   Photo KING, Stephenson United Workers Party
Castries East   Photo PIERRE, Philip Joseph Saint Lucia Labour Party
Castries Central   Photo FREDERICK, Richard United Workers Party
Castries South   Photo LEWIS, Robert Saint Lucia Labour Party
Canaries & Anse La Raye   Photo LONG, Desmond Saint Lucia Labour Party
Soufriere   Photo DALSAN, Harold Saint Lucia Labour Party
Choiseul   Photo THEOPHILIUS, Lorne Saint Lucia Labour Party
Laborie   Photo BAPTISTE, Alva Romanus Saint Lucia Labour Party
Vieux Fort South   Photo ANTHONY, Kenny Davis Saint Lucia Labour Party
Vieux Fort North   Photo JEAN BAPTISTE, Moses Saint Lucia Labour Party
Micoud South   Photo JAMES, Arsene Vigil United Workers Party
Micoud North   Photo RIGOBERT, Gale Tracey United Workers Party
Dennery South   Photo ESTEPHANE, Edmund United Workers Party
Dennery North   Photo EDWARD, Shawn Saint Lucia Labour Party
Castries South East   Photo JOSEPH, Guy United Workers Party

SLP = Saint Lucia Labour Party; UWP = United Workers Party; IND = Independent; *Incumbent; **Political Leader

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