1997 Summary

Following the previous (April 1992) general elections, Prime Minister John Compton (United Workers Party – UWP) resigned from his post in March 1996 and was succeeded the next month by Mr. Vaughan Lewis. A new, expanded Cabinet was then announced.

In the 1997 elections, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), under its new leader Kenny Anthony, won a landslide victory over the long-ruling, conservative UWP, which had been in power for all but a brief three-year period (1979-1982) since 1964. On polling day, it managed to retain only one of the 11 seats it had held as even Mr. Lewis went down to defeat in his constituency. The socialist SLP, on the other hand, jumped from six to 16 seats. In this context, Mr. Anthony became Prime Minister and his Cabinet was formed on 26 May.

Source: Caribbean Elections

1997 Summary Results
Constituency Registered Votes SLP UWP IND Rejected Votes Cast Turnout
Gros Islet 9,137 3,989 1,999 608 150 6,746 73.83%
Babonneau 7,643 3,060 1,781 148 4,989 65.28%
Castries North 12,188 3,960 2,604 85 6,649 54.55%
Castries East 12,049 4,420 2,377 260 7,057 58.57%
Castries Central 2326 767 718 13 1,498 64.40%
Castries South 5,482 2,131 1,048 190 78 3,447 62.88%
Anse La Raye & Canaries 6,228 2813 1,469 58 4,340 69.69%
Soufriere 6,199 2596 1548 99 4,243 68.45%
Choiseul 7,150 2818 2346 105 5,269 73.69%
Laborie 4,987 2338 1435 28 3,801 76.22%
Vieux Fort South 4,898 2262 1285 9 43 3,599 73.48%
Vieux Fort North 4,125 2052 730 68 2,850 69.09%
Micoud South 4,714 1,687 921 629 56 3,293 69.86%
Micoud North 5,223 1668 1828 22 49 3,567 68.29%
Dennery South 3,368 1,404 944 36 25 2,409 71.53%
Dennery North 3,055 2,368 1,657 29 4,054 66.95%
Castries South East 8,791 3,870 1,635 269 5,774 68.68%
TOTAL 110,563 44,203 26,325 1,494 1,563 73,585 66.55%
1997 Vote Distribution
Constituency Code Total Votes % Votes Candidates Seats
St. Lucia Labour Party SLP 44,203 61.37% 17 16
United Workers Party UWP 26,325 36.55% 17 1
Independent IND 1,494 2.07% 6 0


TOTAL VALID VOTES 72,022 100% 40 17

 

Party Legend

FREE – Freedom Party
NA – National Alliance
PLP – Progressive Labour Party
SLP – Saint Lucia Labour Party
UWP – United Workers Party
IND – Independent