1937 Saint Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla general election

General elections were held in Saint Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla on 24 June 1937, the first since the 1870s.[1] The Workers' League nominated two candidates, Thomas Manchester and Edgar Challenger, both of whom were elected.[2]

BackgroundEdit

The St Kitts Legislature was suspended in 1877, after which the colony was ruled by an appointed body. In December 1934 the Legislative Council debated reintroducing elected members, but the idea was rejected.[1] However, following riots in St Kitts the following year, it was decided to restore elected members to the council.[1]

Electoral systemEdit

The Council had five elected members, with each island acting as a constituency; St Kitts returned three members, whilst Anguilla and Nevis returned one each.[1] The right to vote was restricted to those over the age of 21 who had an income of at least £30 per annum, owned property with a value of at least £100, paid at least £12 of rent per year, or had paid at least 15 shillings of direct tax in the previous year.[1] As a result, there were a total of 1,629 registered voters; 1,168 in St Kitts, 328 in Nevis and 133 in Anguilla.[3]

ResultsEdit

Constituency Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Anguilla Albert Elliot Owen Unopposed Elected
Nevis Hubert Henville 188 60.84 Elected
T W Deane 121 39.16
St Kitts Clermont Malone 934 31.71 Elected
Thomas Manchester Workers' League 800 27.16 Elected
Edgar Challenger Workers' League 635 21.56 Elected
W H Walwyn 346 11.75
P E Ryan 230 7.81
Total ballots cast 1,312 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,495 87.76
Source: O'Flaherty[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Brief History of the Electoral Process in Anguilla Central Electoral Office
  2. ^ History Archived 2015-07-13 at the Wayback Machine St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
  3. ^ Brian Dyde (2005) Out of the Crowded Vagueness: A history of the islands of St Kitts, Nevis & Anguilla, Macmillan Caribbean, p251
  4. ^ Victoria Borg O'Flaherty (2004) 20th century election results in St. Kitts - Nevis, The National Archives, pp3–4