Elections in Trinidad and Tobago

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Elections in Trinidad and Tobago gives information on election and election results in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago elects on national level a House of Representatives (the Lower House of its legislature). The head of government the Prime Minister, is chosen from among the elected representatives on the basis of his/ her command of the support of the majority of legislators. The Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has two chambers. The House of Representatives has 41 members, elected for a maximum five-year term in single-seat constituencies. The Senate has 31 members: 16 Government Senators appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, 6 Opposition Senators appointed on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition and 9 so-called Independent Senators appointed by the President to represent other sectors of civil society. The president is elected for a five-year term by an electoral college consisting of the members of both houses of Parliament. Other elected bodies include the Local Government bodies in Trinidad (2 cities, 3 boroughs, 9 Regional Corporations)[1] and the Tobago House of Assembly which handles local government in the island of Tobago and is entrenched in the Constitution.

Until 1925 Trinidad and Tobago was a British Colony ruled through a pure, unelected Crown Colony system, although elected Borough and Municipal Councils existed in Port of Spain and San Fernando. The first elections to the Legislative Council took place in 1925. Seven of the thirteen unofficial members were elected, six unofficials were nominated by the Governor, and twelve official members sat in the Legislative Council on an ex-officio basis. The Governor had the right to an ordinary vote and an additional casting vote, to break any tie. The franchise was determined by income, property and residence qualifications, and was limited to men over the age of 21 and women over the age of 30. The 1946 elections were the first with universal adult suffrage, during which time there existed an even number of elected and unelected members (excluding the Governor).

Latest and upcoming elections[edit]

General elections[edit]

Map of the constituencies of Trinidad and Tobago, as of 2010.

2020 general elections[edit]

Results map for the 2020 Trinidad and Tobago general election general election, where the following colours denote each respective party:
National preliminary results[2][3][4]
Trinité-et-Tobago Chambre des représentants 2020.svg
Parties Votes % +/- Seats +/-
People's National Movement 322,250 49.08 Decrease2.60 22 Decrease1
United National Congress 309,188 47.09 Increase7.48 19 Increase2
Progressive Democratic Patriots 10,367 1.58 New 0 New
Progressive Empowerment Party 5,933 0.90 New 0 New
Independent Liberal Party 3,817 0.58 Decrease0.12 0 Steady
Movement for Social Justice 1,223 0.19 N/a 0 Steady
Movement for National Development 1,039 0.16 New 0 New
COPDPTTTTDF 524 0.08 Decrease5.93 0 Decrease1
New National Vision 493 0.08 Decrease0.04 0 Steady
Trinidad Humanity Campaign 366 0.06 Increase0.04 0 Steady
National Organisation of We the People 310 0.05 New 0 New
National Coalition for Transformation 234 0.04 N/a 0 Steady
Progressive Party 211 0.03 New 0 New
One Tobago Voice 80 0.01 New 0 New
Unrepresented Peoples Party 73 0.01 New 0 New
Unity of the People 40 0.01 New 0 New
The National Party 23 0.00 New 0 New
Independents 351 0.05 Decrease0.27 0 Steady
Valid votes 656,522 99.73
Blank and invalid votes 1,775 0.27
Total 658,297 100 41 =
Abstentions 475,838 41.96
Registered voters/turnout 1,134,135 58.04

2015 general elections[edit]

Results map for the 2015 Trinidad and Tobago general election general election, where the following colours denote each respective party:
Trinité-et-Tobago Chambre des représentants 2015.svg
Party Votes % Seats +/–
People's National Movement 378,447 51.68 23 +11
United National Congress (PP) 290,066 39.61 17 −4
Congress of the People (PP) 43,991 6.01 1 −5
National Joint Action Committee (PP) 5,790 0.79 0 0
Independent Liberal Party 5,123 0.70 0 New
Tobago Forwards 2,162 0.30 0 New
Tobago Organisation of the People (PP) 1,750 0.24 0 −2
New National Vision 883 0.12 0 0
Platform of Truth 469 0.06 0 New
Laventille Outreach for Vertical Enrichment 334 0.05 0 New
National Coalition for Transportation 331 0.05 0 New
Democratic Development Party 153 0.02 0 New
Trinidad Humanity Campaign 138 0.02 0 New
Independent Democratic Party 108 0.01 0 New
The New Voice 101 0.01 0 New
Youth, National Organisations, Farmers Unification, Policy Reformation 74 0.01 0 New
Youth Empowerment Party 34 0.00 0 New
Independents 2,376 0.32 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 2,452
Total 734,792 100 41 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,099,279 66.84
Source: EBC

2010 general elections[edit]

e • d Summary of the 24 May 2010 House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago election results
Trinité-et-Tobago Chambre des représentants 2010.svg
Parties Votes % Seats
People's Partnership Coalition 432,026 60.03 29
People's National Movement 285,354 39.65 12
New National Vision 1,998 0.28 0
Independents 349 0.05 0
Total valid (turnout 69.45%) 719,727 100.00 41
Invalid 2,595
Total 722,322
Source: EBC, Caribbean elections


2007 general elections[edit]

e • d Summary of the 5 November 2007 House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago election results
Trinité-et-Tobago Chambre des représentants 2007.svg
Parties Votes % Seats
People's National Movement 299,813 45.85 26
United National Congress–Alliance 194,425 29.73 15
Congress of the People 148,041 22.64 0
Democratic Action Congress 8,801 1.35 0
Democratic National Assembly 376 0.01 0
Independents 120 0.00 0
Total valid (turnout 66%) 651,576 100.00 41
Invalid 2,306
Total 653,882
Source: EBC


2002 general elections[edit]

Parties Votes % Seats
People's National Movement 298,629 50.9 20
United National Congress 284,391 46.9 16
Others 13,614 2.2 0
Rejected 2,804 - -

1956 federal elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
People's National Movement 4 47.4%
Democratic Labour Party 6 47.4%
Butler Party 0 4.9%
Independents 0 0.2%
Rejected 1.8%

1950 general elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
Butler Home Rule Party 8 23.4%
Political Progress Groups 2 3.3%
Caribbean Socialist Party 2 12.4%
Trinidad Labour Party 2 7.7%
Trades Union Council 0 4.5%
Independents 6 46.7%
Rejected 4.3%

(A.P.T. James contested and won the Tobago seat on both a Butler Party and CSP ticket; James' votes are only counted in the Butler Party total).

Local elections[edit]

Trinidad[edit]

Corporations for Trinidadian local elections
Results map for the 2019 Trinidadian local elections, where the following colours denote each respective party:

2019 local government elections[edit]

Party Councillors % of councillors Votes % of Votes
2016 2019 +/- 2016 2019 +/- 2016 2019 +/- 2016 2019 +/-
PNM 83 72 Decrease11 60.6% 51.8% Decrease8.8% 174,754 162,801 Decrease11,953 48.24% 43.60% Decrease4.6%
UNC 54 67 Increase13 39.4% 48.2% Increase8.8% 180,758 203,868 Increase23,110 49.90% 54.59% Increase4.7%
MSJ 0 0 Steady 0.0% 0.0% Steady 790 2,608 Increase1,818 0.22% 0.70% Increase0.5%
PPM n/a 0 n/a n/a 0.0% n/a n/a 1,349 n/a n/a 0.36% n/a
COP 0 0 Steady 0.0% 0.0% Steady 1,803 899 Decrease904 0.50% 0.24% Decrease0.3%
MND n/a 0 n/a n/a 0.0% n/a n/a 403 n/a n/a 0.11% n/a
NTP n/a 0 n/a n/a 0.0% n/a n/a 11 n/a n/a 0.00% n/a
Independent 0 0 Steady 0.0% 0.0% Steady 1,071 521 550 0.30% 0.86% Decrease0.6%
Total 137[5] 139 Increase2 100% 100% Steady 362,254 373,437 Increase11,183 100% 100% Steady
Electorate: 1,079,976 Total votes: 373,437 Turnout: 34.71%

2016 local government elections[edit]

Party Candidates Votes % Seats +/– Councils +/–
People's National Movement 136 174,754 48.24
83 / 137
Decrease3
7 / 14
Decrease1
United National Congress 134 180,758 49.90
54 / 137
Increase8
6 / 14
Increase1
Congress of the People 9 1,803 0.49 0 Decrease1 0 -
Movement for Social Justice 11 790 0.22 0 - 0 -
Independent Liberal Party 7 343 0.09 0 Decrease3 0 -
National Solidarity Assembly 9 804 0.22 0 - - -
National Democratic Party 3 244 0.07 0 - - -
Independent Democratic Party 1 602 0.17 0 - - -
Independents 4 1,071 0.30 0 - - -
No Overall Control - - - - - 1 -
Invalid/blank votes - 1,085 - -
Total 314 362,254 100 137 Increase1 14 -
Registered voters/turnout 1,054,817 34.3 (Decrease9.3pp)[6]
Source: EBC

2013 local government elections[edit]

2010 local government elections[edit]

2003 local government elections[edit]

Summary of the 2003 Local Government election results Votes % Seats
People's National Movement   ?? ?? 83
United National Congress  ?? 43
National Alliance for Reconstruction   ?? 00
Independents   ?? 00
Total 378,637 100 126

1999 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
National Alliance for Reconstruction 0 0.2%
People's National Movement 67 46.3%
United National Congress 57 51.5%
PPM 0 0.0%
Independents 0 1.0%
Rejected 0.9%

1996 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
National Alliance for Reconstruction 0 5.6%
People's National Movement 63 43.7%
United National Congress 61 49.9%
Independents 0 0.6%
Rejected 0.8%

1992 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
National Alliance for Reconstruction 0 11.0%
People's National Movement 86 50.3%
United National Congress 53 36.9%
Independents 0 0.8%
Rejected 1.0%

1987 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
National Alliance for Reconstruction 79 58.5%
People's National Movement 46 39.3%
People's Popular Movement 0 0.1%
Progressive Workers Democrat Movement 0 0.0%
Independents 0 1.6%
Rejected 0.6%

1983 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
National Alliance 40 34.0%
Organisation for National Reconstruction 26 20.1%
People's National Movement 54 39.1%
National Joint Action Committee 0 5.3%
Curepe United People's Committee 0 0.1%
Independents 0 0.5%
Rejected 0.9%

1980 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
People's National Movement 100 57.8%
United Labour Front 9 31.9%
Point Fortin Vigilante Welfare Group 0 1.3%
Tapia House Movement 0 0.4%
Independents 4 7.6%
Rejected 1.0%

1977 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
Democratic Action Committee 4 6.6%
People's National Movement 69 51.1%
United Labour Front 27 37.8%
Democratic Labour Party 0 1.2%
Tapia House Movement 0 0.3%
Independents 0 2.4%
Rejected 0.7%

1971 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
People's National Movement 90 52.1%
National Progressive Party 1 4.0%
Independents 9 43.8%
Rejected 0.0%

Election boycott

1968 local government elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
People's National Movement 68 49.4%
Democratic Labour Party 28 40.0%
United Country Group, St Andrew-St. David 0 0.8%
Independents 4 9.3%
Rejected 0.0%

1959 county council elections[edit]

Party Seats Won Votes
People's National Movement 34 48.1%
Democratic Labour Party 33 41.6%
Butler Party 2 2.9%
Independents 3 2.7%
Rejected 0.8%

Tobago[edit]

Electoral districts for Tobago House of Assembly elections
Results map for the 2017 Tobago House of Assembly election, where the following colours denote each respective party:


Results map for the 2013 Tobago House of Assembly election, where the following colour denotes the party which won:

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Adam Carr's Election Archive
  • Vote Trinidad & Tobago - Trinidad & Tobago elections, KnowledgeWalk online
  • Election Profile - Trinidad & Tobago, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
  • Matthias Catón: "Trinidad and Tobago" in: Elections in the Americas. A Data Handbook, vol. 1, ed. by Dieter Nohlen. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005: pp. 627–646 ISBN 0-19-928357-5
  • Kirk Meighoo: Politics in a Half Made Society: Trinidad and Tobago, 1925-2002, 2003 ISBN 1-55876-306-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Julien, Joel (26 July 2010). "T&T goes to the polls again". Trinidad and Tobago Express. Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 26 Jul 2010. There are 14 municipalities comprising two cities, three boroughs and nine regional corporations up for grabs today. There are 134 electoral districts in all and a councillor has to be elected for each district.
  2. ^ "The Preliminary Results of the 2020 Parliamentary Elections" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 September 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  3. ^ "2020 Trinidad Express Election Map". Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  4. ^ "EBC releases preliminary election results". CNC3. 12 August 2020. Archived from the original on 20 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  5. ^ "BATTLE FOR 139 SEATS". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. ^ Election and Boundaries Commission. "Comparison of Local Election Results 1968 - 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 25 May 2018.

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