List of political parties in the British Virgin Islands

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The British Virgin Islands has a two-party system, which means that there are two dominant political parties, creating difficulty for anybody to achieve electoral success under the banner of any other party. In none of the previous four elections has a candidate who was not standing for any party other than one of the two main parties managed to win a seat (although one candidate has won running as an independent). Prior to 1999 there were a number of multi-party elections with four or more parties contesting and three or more parties winning seats.

Active parties[edit]

Party Comments
National Democratic Party Current ruling party. General election victories in 2003, 2011 and 2015
Virgin Islands Party Current main opposition party. General election victories in 1979, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1999 and 2007

Defunct parties[edit]

Party Comments
United Party General election victories in 1967, 1975 and 1983. Last candidate elected was Andre Penn in 1995. Last candidate to stand was Conrad Maduro in a 2005 by-election.
VI Democratic Party Won the 1971 general election (together with Willard Wheatley (Ind)). Contested each general election from 1967 to 1979 except for 1975. Formed main opposition party after 1967 general election. Last won seats in 1971 (three candidates). Last candidate to stand was Q.W. Osborne in 1979.
People's Own Party Never won a general election. Only contested the 1967 general election, winning one seat.
Independent People's Movement Put forward two candidates in the 1990 general election; one was elected (Omar Hodge). No other electoral appearances.

Unelected parties[edit]

Electoral history of main parties[edit]

Party Elections contested Elections won
Virgin Islands Party 12
1971 - 2015
1979, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2007
United Party 9
1967 - 2003
1967, 1975, 1983
National Democratic Party 5
1999 - 2015
2003, 2011, 2015
VI Democratic Party 3
1967, 1971, 1979
People's Own Party 1
Independent People's Movement 1

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