2018 Antiguan general election


General elections were held in Antigua and Barbuda on 21 March 2018 to elect members to House of Representatives of the 16th Antigua and Barbuda Parliament.[3] Each of the 17 constituencies elected one Member of Parliament (MP).

2018 Antiguan general election

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All 17 seats in House of Representatives
9 seats needed for a majority
Turnout76.32% (13.8%)
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Gaston Browne Harold Lovell Trevor Walker
Party ABLP UPP BPM
Leader since 25 November 2012[1] 2014
Leader's seat St. John's City West St John’s City East
(defeated)[2]
Barbuda
Last election 14 seats, 56.6% 3 seats, 41.8% 0 seats, 1.13%
Seats won 15 1 1
Seat change 1 2 1
Popular vote 23,063 14,440 558
Percentage 59.24% 37.19% 1.44%
Swing 2.75% 4.57% 0.31%

Prime Minister before election

Gaston Browne
Labour

Subsequent Prime Minister

Gaston Browne
Labour

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Antigua and Barbuda

The governing Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party led by Gaston Browne was returned to power, winning 15 of the 17 seats, increasing their majority by one seat.[4] The United Progressive Party, the official opposition, led by Harold Lovell, was reduced to a single seat and Lovell failed to be elected.[5]

Electoral system


The 17 elected members of the House of Representatives were elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting; 16 of the seats were allocated for the island of Antigua and one for the island of Barbuda.[6] Barbudan electors were required to travel to Antigua to vote as a result of the aftermath of hurricane Irma.[7]

Campaign


A total of 53 candidates contested the elections, representing seven parties. The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party nominated a full slate of 17 candidates. The United Progressive Party nominated candidates only on the island of Antugua due to an electoral pact with the Barbuda People's Movement which stood only on the island of Barbuda. Together they fielded a candidate in every seat. The Democratic National Alliance (13) were the only other party to contest more than half the seats. The Antigua Barbuda True Labour Party and Go Green for Life both had two candidates, while the Barbuda People's Movement (affiliated to the United Progressive Party) and Missing Link VOP had a single candidate. A single independent candidate, Attorney-at-law Ralph Francis, contested the seat of Barbuda.[8][9]

Prime Minister Gaston Browne dissolved parliament fifteen months early. The main issues were the re-building and response to the 2017 Hurricane season, the Barbudan communal land ownership law, tourism resorts notably the Sandals Resorts, and a bribery scandal involving Browne.[10][11][5]

Results


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party23,06359.2415+1
United Progressive Party14,44037.091–2
Democratic National Alliance7541.940New
Barbuda People's Movement5581.431+1
Antigua & Barbuda True Labour Party870.2200
Go Green for Life200.050New
Missing Link VOP60.0200
Independents40.010New
Invalid/blank votes288
Total39,220100170
Registered voters/turnout51,25876.51
Source: ABEC

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