Falkland Islands general election, 1997

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The Falkland Islands general election of 1997 was held on Thursday 9 October 1997 to elect members to the Legislative Council. Eight Councillors were elected through universal suffrage using block voting, five from the Stanley constituency and three from the Camp constituency.

It was the first election to take place after a constitutional amendment came into force, which redistributed the representation in the constituencies, giving an additional seat to Stanley and removing one from Camp. The amendment also modified voter eligibility.[1]


Candidates in bold were elected. Candidates in italic were incumbents.

Stanley constituency[edit]

Stanley result[2]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Nonpartisan Jan Cheek Symbol confirmed.svg 627 19.2 N/A
Nonpartisan Mike Summers Symbol confirmed.svg 559 17.1 N/A
Nonpartisan Lewis Clifton Symbol confirmed.svg 558 17.1 N/A
Nonpartisan John Birmingham Symbol confirmed.svg 472 14.5 N/A
Nonpartisan Sharon Halford Symbol confirmed.svg 450 13.8 +5.6
Nonpartisan Ben Claxton 292 8.9 +4.1
Nonpartisan June Besley-Clark 166 5.1 N/A
Nonpartisan A. Jones 98 3.0 N/A
Nonpartisan W. Davies 42 1.3 N/A
Turnout 3264

Camp constituency[edit]

Camp result[2]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Nonpartisan Bill Luxton Symbol confirmed.svg 203 28.2 +5.2
Nonpartisan Richard Cockwell Symbol confirmed.svg 182 25.3 N/A
Nonpartisan Norma Edwards Symbol confirmed.svg 174 24.2 +10.5
Nonpartisan Eric Goss 74 10.3 -4.2
Nonpartisan Richard Stevens 87 12.1 -1.5
Turnout 720


  1. ^ The Falkland Islands Constitution (Amendment) Order 1997, Parliament of the United Kingdom, 1997, retrieved 3 May 2014
  2. ^ a b "Penguin News". Jane Cameron National Archives. 10 October 1997. Missing or empty |url= (help)