1957 Grenadian general election

General elections were held in Grenada on 24 September 1957.[1] Following the introduction of the new Constitution on 21 December 1959 real authority for governing the country was given to a Chief Minister and those from the majority party in the Legislative Council based on the 1957 elections. Herbert Blaize was appointed the first Chief Minister from 1 January 1960 when the Legislative Council provisions took effect, with the cooperation of the independents who chose to support the Grenada National Party.[2][3]

BackgroundEdit

This was the third election in Grenada's history held on the basis of universal adult suffrage. It was the first to have several competing political parties and for the first time Eric Gairy's Grenada United Labour Party had competition from other political parties, including the Grenada National Party led by John Watts and Herbert Blaize.[2]

ResultsEdit

PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Grenada United Labour Party10,95244.372–4
Grenada National Party6,01224.362New
People's Democratic Movement5,32721.582New
West Indian Federal Labour Party2461.000New
Independents2,1458.6920
Total24,682100.0080
Valid votes24,68295.63
Invalid/blank votes1,1294.37
Total votes25,811100.00
Registered voters/turnout37,73868.40
Source: Caribbean Elections

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p307 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ a b Steele, BA (2003) Grenada. A History of its People p359 ISBN 0-333-93053-3
  3. ^ Herbert Augustus Blaize The Grenada Revolution Online