Antigua and Barbuda general election, 2009

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General elections were held in Antigua and Barbuda on 12 March 2009. The result was a victory for the United Progressive Party, which won nine of the seventeen elected seats in the House of Representatives.

Conduct[edit]

Three days before the elections the Chamber of Commerce announced observations of voter registration irregulaties and called for an investigation into the matter. For example, in the Saint Peter constituency, voter registration increased by 41%.[1]

A three-member observation team from Belize, Canada, and Guyana observed the election.[2]

On 31 March 2010, a judge nullified the election of UPP's leader Spencer and two other UPP MPs, calling the UPP's majority into question.[3] The UUP may opt to call an early general election instead of by-elections for the three seats.[4] However, on 24 October 2010 the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court overturned the High Court's decision and decided that the three MPs were duly elected.[5]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
United Progressive Party 21,239 50.7 9 –3
Antigua Labour Party 19,657 46.9 7 +3
Barbuda People's Movement 474 1.1 1 0
Organisation for National Development 119 0.28 0 New
Independents 196 0.47 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 201
Total 41,886 100 17 0
Registered voters/turnout 52,183 80.3
Source: PDBA, IFES

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