Barbadian general election, 2013

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General elections were held in Barbados on 21 February 2013. They were the first post-independence elections where the election date was announced five years after the last general election.[1] The result was a victory for the ruling Democratic Labour Party, which won 16 of the 30 seats in the House of Assembly.


According to the Constitution of Barbados, elections must take place no longer than every five years from the first sitting of Parliament.[2] The last general election was held on 15 January 2008, while the first sitting of the current session of Parliament was held on 12 February 2008.[3] After the dissolution of Parliament, the Governor-General of Barbados, on behalf of the Crown in Right of Barbados, must issue a writ for a general election for members to the House of Assembly and for appointment of Senators to the Senate within 90 days.[4]

The election and nomination dates were announced by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on 29 January 2013. The nomination deadline for candidates to register was scheduled for 6 February 2013.[5][6][7][8]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Democratic Labour Party 78,566 51.28 16 –4
Barbados Labour Party 74,027 48.32 14 +4
Bajan Free Party 94 0.06 0 New
New Barbados Kingdom Alliance 72 0.05 0 New
People's Democratic Congress 38 0.02 0 0
Independents 407 0.27 0 0
Total 153,204 100 30 0
Source: Caribbean Elections

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  1. ^ Bradshaw, Maria (30 January 2013). "Experts: PM's timing curious". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 30 January 2013. “We knew that the Constitution and the law allowed him to call it after the five years had passed since the last election but it was the practice in Barbados and most of the Commonwealth that you would call the elections before the anniversary of the last election date. 
  2. ^ Constitution: Section 61 (3): "Subject to the provisions of subsection (4), Parliament, unless sooner dissolved, shall continue for five years from the date of its first sitting after any dissolution and shall then stand dissolved. (4) At any time when Barbados is at war, Parliament may extend the period of five years specified in subsection (3) for not more than twelve months at a time:"
  3. ^ Stuart’s dilemma[permanent dead link] The Daily Nation
  4. ^ Constitution: Section 62 (1) (2): "After every dissolution of Parliament the Governor General shall issue writs for a general election of members of the House of Assembly returnable within ninety days from that dissolution. (2) As soon as may be after every general election the Governor General shall proceed under section 36 to the appointment of Senators."
  5. ^ "Barbados to elect new government on February 21". Caribbean News Agency (CANA). Retrieved 2013-01-29. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Shawn Cumberbatch; Donna Sealy (30 January 2013). "PM rings election bell". Barbados Today. Retrieved 30 January 2013. Election officials got the ball rolling tonight when they were dispatched island wide to post notices of the February 21 polling and Nomination Day, which will be next Wednesday. Here officers Haskell Drakes and Everton Henry paste a notice on the door of the District “A” Police Station. 
  7. ^ Editorial (30 January 2013). "The bell has been rung". The Barbados Advocate. Retrieved 30 January 2013. The date for the next General Election has been set. Barbadians will be heading to the polls on Thursday, February 21 to cast their votes. Nomination day is next week Wednesday. [dead link][permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Election day is February 21". The Daily Nation. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 

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