Summary

General elections were held on 6 April 1987 on the normal expiry of the Parliament’s term, but the close polling results did not provide either one of the main contending parties with a clear mandate.

The regularly-scheduled elections of 6 April 1987 left the ruling United Workers’ Party (UWP) with a House majority of only one seat (9 to 8 ) over the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and thus without a clear mandate to govern. As a consequence, the newly-elected Parliament was dissolved after its formal opening on 14 April and a fresh poll was called for 30 April.

In the campaigns, the conservative UWP, led by outgoing Prime Minister John Compton, stood by its achievements since coming to power in 1982 while the socialist SLP, headed by Mr. Julian Hunte, criticized the Government’s performance in the economic realm. The latter polling day was marked by a larger voter turnout but produced an identical distribution of House seats. On 5 May, Mr. Compton announced the composition of a slightly-altered Cabinet from the one he had earlier appointed.

Source: Caribbean Elections

1987 April 6th Summary Results
Constituency Registered Votes SLP UWP PLP Rejected Votes Cast Turnout
Gros Islet 5,324 2,32 1,694 128 61 4,015 75.41%
Babonneau 5,379 703 2,078 77 30 2,888 53.69%
Castries North 10,001 1,772 2,411 846 32 5,061 50.60%
Castries East 9,213 1,217 2,481 758 99 4,555 49.44%
Castries Central 2,744 354 821 147 76 1,398 50.95%
Castries South 3,848 129 1,129 844 74 2,176 56.55%
Anse La Raye & Canaries 4,936 1,532 1,482 182 38 3,234 64.52%
Soufriere 5,241 1,828 1,561 0 64 3,454 65.90%
Choiseul 5,602 1,831 1,744 0 75  3,650 65.16%
Laborie 3,853 1,777 1,744 0 62 3,650 67.92%
Vieux Fort South 3,563 1,425 1,011 0 34 2,470 69.32%
Vieux Fort North 2,993 1,324 638 0 77 2,039 68.13%
Micoud South 3,337 289 1,598 145 39 2,071 62.06%
Micoud North 3,893 216 2,045 42 81 2,384 31.24%
Dennery South 2,494 975 758 22 0 1,758 61.24%
Dennery North 4,485 1,220 1,631 166 21 3,038 67.74%
Castries South East 6,257 165 2,004 1,302 62 3,533 56.46%
TOTAL  83,163 18,889 25,892 4,659 925 50,365 60.56%
1987 Vote Distribution
Constituency Code Total Votes % Votes Candidates Seats
St. Lucia Labour Party SLP 18,889 38.21% 17 8
United Workers Party UWP 25,892 53.32% 17 9
 Progressive Labour Party PLP 13,133 27.07% 12 1
TOTAL VALID VOTES  49,770 100% 46 17

 

Party Legend

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