2009 Antiguan general election


General elections were held in Antigua and Barbuda on 12 March 2009. The result was a victory for the United Progressive Party, which won nine of the seventeen elected seats in the House of Representatives.

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Conduct


Three days before the elections the Chamber of Commerce announced observations of voter registration irregularities and called for an investigation into the matter. For example, in the Saint Peter constituency, voter registration increased by 41%.[1]

A three-member observation team from Belize, Canada, and Guyana observed the election.[2]

On 31 March 2010, a judge nullified the election of UPP's leader Spencer and two other UPP MPs, calling the UPP's majority into question.[3] The UUP may opt to call an early general election instead of by-elections for the three seats.[4] However, on 24 October 2010 the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court overturned the High Court's decision and decided that the three MPs were duly elected.[5]

Results


Party Votes % Seats +/–
United Progressive Party21,23950.79–3
Antigua Labour Party19,65746.97+3
Barbuda People's Movement4741.110
Organisation for National Development1190.280New
Independents1960.4700
Invalid/blank votes201
Total41,886100170
Registered voters/turnout52,18380.3
Source: PDBA, IFES

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