Summary

Elections were held for all the seats of the House of Assembly following premature dissolution of Parliament on 6 February 1982.

On 16 January 1982, Mr. Winston Cenac, who had formed a St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Government in May 1981, resigned following public protests against his Government and a nationwide general strike. An all-party interim coalition Government was then formed by Mr. Michael Pilgrim, deputy leader of the Progressive Labour Party (PLP). Parliament was dissolved on 6 February and a general election thus became due within 90 days.

On polling day, the United Workers’ Party (UWP), led by Mr. John Compton, won 14 of the 17 Assembly seats, thus defeating the formerly dominant SLP; the PLP obtained one seat. Mr. Compton consequently returned to power as Prime Minister on 5 May after a three year lapse.

Source: Caribbean Elections

1982 Summary Results
Constituency SLP UWP PLP Total
Gros Islet 489 1,558 920 2,967
Babonneau 96 2,213 618 2,927
Castries North 265 2,803 2,396 5,464
Castries East 322 2,907 1,754 5,013
Castries Central 80 1,088 461 1,629
Castries South 78 975 1,070 2,123
Anse La Raye & Canaries 805 1,656 678 3,139
Soufriere 864 1,095 795 2,754
Choiseul 884 1,602 636 3,122
Laborie 1,503 1,354 363 3,220
Vieux Fort South 884 1,075 466 2,425
Vieux Fort North 851 680 195 1,729
Micoud South 169 1,529 76 1,776
Micoud North 40 2,217 113 2,370
Dennery South 693 844 97 1,634
Dennery North 38 1,818 826 2,682
Castries South East 61 1,838 1,634 3,533
TOTAL 8,122 27,252 13,133 48,507
1982 Vote Distribution
Constituency Code Total Votes % Votes Candidates Seats
St. Lucia Labour Party SLP 8,122 16.74% 17 2
United Workers Party UWP 27,252 56.18% 17 14
 Progressive Labour Party PLP 13,133 27.07% 17 1
TOTAL VALID VOTES  48,507 100% 51 17

 

Party Legend

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