Summary

Elections were held for all the members of the House of Assembly in the first such poll since attainment of independence in February 1979.

The opposition left-wing Labour Party (SLP) won a decisive victory, capturing 12 of the 17 seats in the House of
Assembly. The United Workers’ Party, headed by Prime Minister John Compton and in power since 1964, was restricted to five Assembly seats.

The election campaign, which came shortly after an eight-week strike by teachers and civil servants, was held in a tense atmosphere. Economic questions were in the forefront of the SLP’s election manifesto.

SLP leader Allan Louisy became the new Prime Minister.

Source: Caribbean Elections

1979 Summary Results
Constituency SLP UWP Total
Gros Islet 1,553 9,47 2,500
Babonneau 1,147 1,706 2,853
Castries North 3,207 2,029 5,236
Castries East 2,730 1,967 4,697
Castries Central 739 828 1,567
Castries South 1,380 429 1,809
Anse La Raye & Canaries 1,606 1,224 2,830
Soufriere 1,559 830 2,389
Choiseul 1,683 1,170 2,853
Laborie 2,254 949 3,203
Vieux Fort South 1,470 805 2,275
Vieux Fort North 1,227 435 1,662
Micoud South 469 1,221 1,690
Micoud North 319 1,870 2,189
Dennery South 747 676 1,423
Dennery North 1,121 1,323 2,444
Castries South East 2,081 1,297 3,379
TOTAL 25,292  19,706  44,998
1979 Vote Distribution
Constituency Code Total Votes % Votes Candidates Seats
St. Lucia Labour Party SLP 25,292 56.21% 17 12
United Workers Party UWP 19,706 43,79% 17 5
TOTAL VALID VOTES  44,998 100% 34 17

 

Party Legend

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