British Honduras general election, 1961

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British Honduras general election, 1961
British Honduras
← 1957 26 March 1961 1965 →

All 18 seats in the British Honduras Legislative Assembly (including 9 new seats)
  First party Second party Third party
  George Cadle Price
Leader George Cadle Price Herbert Fuller Denbeigh Jeffery
Leader since 1956 1958 1960
Leader's seat Belize North
candidate in Freetown
candidate in Fort George Belize South[1]
candidate in Fort George
Last election 9 seats (new party) (new party)
Seats won 18 0 0
Seat change Increase 9 Steady Steady
Popular vote 13,975 5,107 2,514
Percentage 64.67% 23.63 11.63
Swing Increase 3.35 Increase 23.63 Increase 11.63

First Minister before election

George Cadle Price

Elected First Minister

George Cadle Price

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General elections were held in British Honduras on 26 March 1961. They were the first following a constitutional review, which had increased the number of elected seats from 9 to 18, whilst a further five members would be appointed by the Governor and two would be officials.[2] The result was a victory for the ruling People's United Party, which won all 18 seats.[3]

The National Independence Party, founded in 1958 by a merger of the two previous major opposition parties, the Honduran Independence Party and the National Party, contested general elections for the first time in 1961. A third party formed by former PUP and NP members, the Christian Democratic Party, also fielded candidates. Both parties failed to win seats.


e • d Summary of the 26 March 1961 British Honduras Legislative Assembly election results
Parties Votes % Seats
People's United Party 13,975 64.67 18
National Independence Party 5,107 23.63 -
Christian Democratic Party 2,514 11.63 -
Independents 15 0.07 -
Total valid votes 21,611 100.00 18
Invalid votes 422
Total votes cast (turnout: 80.4%) 22,033
Registered voters 27,414


  1. ^ Jeffery was previously elected as a PUP member.
  2. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p100 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  3. ^ General Elections 1961, Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)