Turks and Caicos Islands general election, 2016

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Turks and Caicos Islands general election, 2016

← 2012 15 December 2016

15 out of 21 seats in the House of Assembly

  First party Second party
  Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.jpg UK and Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (11065045404).jpg
Leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson Rufus Ewing
Leader's seat All-island constituency All-island constituency
Last election 7 8
Seats won 10 5
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 3

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Premier before election

Rufus Ewing

Elected Premier

Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

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General elections were held in Turks and Caicos Islands on 15 December 2016.[1] The result was a victory for the People's Democratic Movement (PDM), with Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson becoming the islands' first female Premier.[2] Following the election outgoing Prime Minister Rufus Ewing resigned as Progressive National Party (PNP) leader and quit politics.[3]

Electoral system[edit]

At the time of the election, the House of Assembly had 15 elected members and four appointed members. The 15 elected members were elected by two methods; ten were elected from single-member constituencies, with five elected on an at-large basis, with voters able to vote for up to five candidates at the national level.[4] The four appointed members include one nominated by the Premier, one nominated by the Leader of the Opposition and two members appointed by the Governor.[5]


A total of 31 candidates contested the 10 single-member constituencies; the PDM and PNP both ran full slates of 10 candidates, whilst the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) had eight. The remaining three candidates were independents. There were also 21 candidates in the at-large constituency, five each from the PDM and PNP, four from the PDA and seven independents.[6]


Party District At-large Total
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
People's Democratic Movement 3,169 51.20 6 13,822 47.28 4 10 +3
Progressive National Party 2,645 42.74 4 10,342 35.38 1 5 –3
Progressive Democratic Alliance 243 3.93 0 1,117 3.82 0 0 New
Independents 132 2.13 0 3,952 13.52 0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 49
Total 6,238 100 10 29,233 100 5 15 0
Registered voters/turnout 7,732 80.68
Source: RTC

By constituency[edit]

Constituency Candidate Party Votes
1 Grand Turk North George Lightbourne PNP 305
Derek Rolle PDM 273
Kwame Odinga Smith PDA 21
2 Grand Turk South and Saltcay Edwin Astwood PDM 399
Arthur Lightbourne PNP 276
Noel Terrence Skippings PDA 66
Valerie Jennings Independent 12
3 South Caicos Ruth Blackman PNP 146
McAllister Eusene Hanchell Independent 97
Keno Shamado Forbes PDM 70
Christopher Emanuel Hall PDA 6
4 Middle and North Caicos Ralph Higgs PDM 262
Mark Fulford PNP 201
5 Leeward (Providenciales) Akierra Missick PNP 376
Ezra Ringo Tyrone Taylor PDM 289
Calsada Carolie Johnson PDA 17
6 The Bight (Providenciales) Porsha Stubbs-Smith PNP 285
George C.D. Pratt PDM 284
Dozzlie McLom Delancy PDA 38
7 Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill (Providenciales) Douglas Parnell PDM 451
Amanda Misick PNP 347
Charles Delancy PDA 43
8 Blue Hills (Providenciales) Mixmillian Goldray Ewing PDM 366
Claudine Ewing-Pratt PNP 267
Ciclyn Been PDA 37
9 Five Cays (Providenciales) Sean Rickard Astwood PDM 470
Rachel Marshall Taylor PNP 269
Bobbie Chambers PDA 15
10 Wheeland (Providenciales) Vaden Delroy Williams PDM 305
Dameko Canez Dean PNP 173
Hudson James Parker Independent 23
All Island District
5 elected at-large
Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson PDM 3,024
Josephine Connolly PDM 3,019
Derek Hugh Taylor PDM 2,740
Karen Evadne Malcolm PDM 2,725
Washington Misick PNP 2,335
Robert A. Been PDM 2314
Rufus Ewing PNP 2234
John Malcolm PNP 2011
Ricardo Don-Hue Gardner PNP 1901
Sheba Latrice Wilson PNP 1861
Michael Misick Independent 1629
Jasmin Walkin Independent 834
Sabrina Elizebeth Green Independent 675
Oswald Skippings PDA 549
Clarence Wesley Selver Independent 301
Samuel Iotis Harvey PDA 255
Courtney Missick Independent 240
Damian Wilson Independent 206
Shirley Louise Clarke-Calcano PDA 178
Herbert Andrew Swann jr. PDA 135
Oscar O’Brien Forbes Independent 67
Source: RTC


  1. ^ New date announced for Turks and Caicos general election Jamaica Observer, 31 October 2016
  2. ^ Turks and Caicos elects first female premier Caribbean News Now, 16 December 2016
  3. ^ Defeated Dr. Rufus Ewing resigns as PNP leader; quits politics Archived 2016-12-21 at the Wayback Machine. Sun TCI, 17 December 2016
  4. ^ Basic election ballot rules released TCI News Now, 3 September 2012
  5. ^ House of Assembly Archived 2016-12-20 at the Wayback Machine. Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands
  6. ^ General Election Results - 15 December 2016 Caribbean Elections