1961 British Honduras general election

General elections were held in British Honduras on 26 March 1961. They were the first following a constitutional review, which had increased the number of elected seats from 9 to 18, whilst a further five members would be appointed by the Governor and two would be officials.[1] The result was a victory for the ruling People's United Party, which won all 18 seats.[2]

1961 British Honduras general election

← 1957 26 March 1961 1965 →

All 18 seats in the Legislative Assembly
Turnout79.50%
  First party
  George Cadle Price
Leader George Cadle Price
Party PUP
Leader since 1956
Leader's seat Freetown
Last election 9 seats
Seats won 18
Seat change Increase 9
Popular vote 13,975
Percentage 64.67%
Swing Increase 3.35

First Minister before election

George Cadle Price
PUP

Elected First Minister

George Cadle Price
PUP

The National Independence Party, founded in 1958 by a merger of the two previous major opposition parties, the Honduran Independence Party and the National Party, contested general elections for the first time in 1961. A third party formed by former PUP and NP members, the Christian Democratic Party, also fielded candidates. Both parties failed to win seats.

ResultsEdit

PartyVotes%Seats+/–
People's United Party13,97564.6718+9
National Independence Party5,10723.6300
Christian Democratic Party2,51411.630New
Independents150.0700
Total21,611100.0018+9
Valid votes21,61198.08
Invalid/blank votes4221.92
Total votes22,033100.00
Registered voters/turnout27,71479.50
Source: Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission

By divisionEdit

Division Electorate Turnout % Political party Candidate Votes %
Albert 2,424 2,058 84.9 People's United Party Frederick Westby 42.8
Christian Democratic Party Nicholas Pollard 37.9
National Independence Party Floss Casasola 18.7
Belize Rural North 1,406 1,041 74.0 People's United Party Fred Hunter 62.2
Christian Democratic Party Arthur Wade 25.4
National Independence Party Marcelo Casasola 10.3
Belize Rural South 1,052 781 74.2 People's United Party Louis Sylvestre 81.3
National Independence Party Todd Brown 15.6
Cayo North 1,292 1,042 80.7 People's United Party Hector Silva 70.5
National Independence Party Manuel Figueroa 27.0
Cayo South 1,174 962 81.9 People's United Party Santiago Perdomo 61.3
Christian Democratic Party Eduardo Espat 30.0
National Independence Party Pedro Mena 5.8
Collet 2,706 2,168 80.1 People's United Party Albert Cattouse 44.6
National Independence Party Edward Flowers 43.9
Christian Democratic Party Mervin Hulse 9.3
Corozal North 1,473 1,141 77.5 People's United Party Santiago Ricalde 79.9
National Independence Party Gualberto Martinez 18.1
Corozal South 1,480 956 64.6 People's United Party Jesus Ken 85.7
National Independence Party Victor Greenwood 10.5
Fort George 1,422 1,225 86.1 People's United Party Alexander Hunter 60.2
National Independence Party Herbert Fuller 28.5
Christian Democratic Party Denbigh Jeffery 10.8
Freetown 1,850 1,625 87.8 People's United Party George Cadle Price 67.1
National Independence Party Sabino Savery 24.8
Christian Democratic Party Erenst Cain 7.6
Mesopotamia 2,501 1,993 79.7 People's United Party C. L. B. Rogers 62.4
National Independence Party Erlean Casasola 28.4
Christian Democratic Party Edward Usher 8.6
Orange Walk North 1,377 1,089 79.1 People's United Party Victor Orellana 57.6
National Independence Party Eloy Escalante 40.7
Orange Walk South 926 680 73.4 People's United Party Guadalupe Pech 81.4
National Independence Party Ignacio Vega 14.4
Pickstock 1,680 1,418 84.4 People's United Party Gwendolyn Lizarraga 68.6
National Independence Party Jaime Staines 16.3
Christian Democratic Party Clare Gill 13.3
Independent Robert Taylor 0.7
Independent James Ysaguirre 0.4
Stann Creek Rural 1,856 1,343 72.4 People's United Party David McKoy 72.3
National Independence Party Harry Stanley 23.7
Stann Creek Town 1,816 1,493 82.2 People's United Party Allan Arthurs 52.3
National Independence Party Paul Guerrero 44.2
Toledo North 547 374 68.4 People's United Party Faustino Zuniga 55.6
National Independence Party Charles Westby 42.2
Toledo South 941 732 77.8 People's United Party Sam Vernon 48.0
National Independence Party Francis Martinez 39.5
Christian Democratic Party Alan Woodeye 11.5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p100 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ General Elections 1961[permanent dead link], Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission. (accessed 19 November 2014)