Summary

Parliament was dissolved on 12 November 2001, paving the way for the 3 December 2001 general election, a poll called six months ahead of schedule.

A record five political parties presented candidates for the elections. At stake were the 17 seats in the House of Assembly. The main contenders were the ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP), which was seeking a second-consecutive five-year term, and the United Workers’ Party (UWP).

On 23 November 2001, the electoral campaign was launched with the nomination of 51 candidates. During the short, tough campaign, the opposition UWP, warning that St. Lucia was facing its worst economic crisis, presented new proposals to ensure a more prosperous future. The creation of 5,000 new jobs over the next five years, the revitalisation of the banana industry and the establishment of a venture capital fund to assist manufacturers were among the key policy guidelines outlined by the National Alliance (NA).

The SLP, which billed itself as “By Far The Best” (party) was returned to power. According to electoral officials, it won 14 of the 17 seats at stake. The other three went to the main opposition party UWP.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony, was sworn into office on 6 December 2001 for a second five-year term. On 10 December, he named a new 15-member Cabinet.

Source: Caribbean Elections

2001 Summary Results
Constituency Registered Votes SLP UWP National Alliance STAFF Party Freedom IND Rejected Votes Cast Turnout
Gros Islet 10,865 3,216 2,903 36 206 6,363 58.56%
Babonneau 7,277 2,307 1,607 26 13 199 4,152 57.06%
Castries North 8,329 1,841 1,436 112 44 7 44 3,484 41.83%
Castries East 11,854 2,926 1,613 99 43 403 5,084 42.89%
Castries Central 9,401 2,141 1,883 85 94 11 151 4,365 46.43%
Castries South 6,109 1,574 1,115 143 1 72 2,905 47.55%
Anse La Raye & Canaries 6,316 2,061 255 1,198 116 3,630 57.47%
Soufriere 6,327 2,486 1,265 96 3,847 60.80%
Choiseul  7,261 2,209 2,070 104 4,383 60.36%
Laborie 5,237 1,726 0 1,274 50 3,050 58.24%
Vieux Fort South 5,323 2,044 746 63 2,853 53.60%
Vieux Fort North 4,427 1,386 488 51 1,925 43.48%
Micoud South 5,196 1,156 1,601 137 70 2,964 57.04%
Micoud North 5,623 1,301 1,822 84 3,207 57.03%
Dennery South 3,680 1,312 746 20 21 38 2,137 58.07%
Dennery North 6,301 1,562 1,767 73 3,402 53.99%
Castries South East 9,574 2,805 1,690 371 188 5,054 52.79%
TOTAL 199,100 34,053 23,007 2,191 231 18 1,295 2,010 62,805 52.73%
2001 Vote Distribution
Constituency Code Total Votes % Votes Candidates Seats
St. Lucia Labour Party SLP 34,053 56.01% 17 14
United Workers Party UWP 23,007 37.84% 17 3
National Alliance  NA  2,191 3.60%  9
STAFF Party STAFF 231 0.38% 6
Freedom FREE 18 0.03% 2
Independent IND 1,295 2.13% 2
TOTAL VALID VOTES  60,795 100% 53 17

 

Party Legend

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