Antigua and Barbuda general election, 1999

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General elections were held in Antigua and Barbuda on 9 March 1999.[1] The elections were won by the governing Antigua Labour Party. Lester Bird was re-elected Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Voter turnout was 63.6%.[1]

The election was extremely close, with the UPP losing five seats by a narrow 554 votes in total, and had the elections been free and fair (the government controlled almost all newspapers as well as television and radio stations), the opposition could have won a majority.[2] Opposition leader Baldwin Spencer criticised the conduct and fairness of the election and began a hunger strike in protest to the flaws in the system. The government responded by introducing an independent Electoral Commission.


Party Votes % Seats +/-
Antigua Labour Party 17,521 52.6 12 +1
United Progressive Party 14,713 44.5 4 −1
Barbuda People's Movement 418 1.3 1 0
Antigua Freedom Party 57 0.2 0 New
National Reform Movement 33 0.1 0 New
Independents 355 1.1 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 223 - - -
Total 33,320 100 17 0
Source: Nohlen


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p66 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p63 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6