Sint Maarten general election, 2014

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General elections were held in Sint Maarten on 29 August 2014.[1] They were the first elections since Sint Maarten became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010, at which point the Island Council became the Estates. The result was a victory for the United People's Party, which won seven of the 15 seats in the Estates.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

The 15 seats in the Estates were elected by proportional representation.[3] In order to participate in the election, a party was required to obtain at least 138 signatures; 1% of the valid votes of the 2010 Island Council elections.[4]

Campaign[edit]

Five parties secured the required number of signatures to contest the elections; the Democratic Party Sint Maarten (DP), the National Alliance (NA), the One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP), the United People's Party (UP) and the United St. Maarten Party (US). The DP, NA, UP and US were easily able to get the necessary signatures, whilst the OSPP only narrowly qualified.

The Social Reform Party led by Jacinto Mock, a former National Alliance candidate, obtained fewer than 80 signatures, and was initially declared unable to run.[4] However, it did ultimately contest the elections.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
United People's Party 6,211 42.67 7 +1
National Alliance 4,055 27.86 4 –3
Democratic Party 2,342 16.09 2 0
United St. Maarten Party 1,647 11.31 2 New
One St. Maarten People Party 169 1.16 0 New
Social Reform Party 132 0.91 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 271
Total 14,827 100 15 0
Registered voters/turnout 21,439 69.16
Source: Government of Sint Maarten

References[edit]

  1. ^ Country of Sint Maarten IFES
  2. ^ Omstreden UP'er wint op St Maarten NOS. 30 August 2014
  3. ^ The Constitution Archived 2014-08-02 at the Wayback Machine. Estates of Sint Maarten
  4. ^ a b Hilbert Haar (16 July 2014). "Deelnemers Verkiezingen Sint Maarten bekend". Caribisch Netwerk (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 August 2014.