1974 Belizean general election

General elections were in Belize on 30 October 1974. Belizeans elected 18 members to the House of Representatives. The elections were the first since the country was officially renamed from British Honduras in 1973.

1974 Belizean general election
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← 1969 30 October 1974 1979 →

All 18 seats in the House of Representatives
Turnout70.58%
  First party Second party
  George Cadle Price
UDP
Leader George Cadle Price Dean Lindo
Party PUP UDP
Leader since 1956 1974
Leader's seat Freetown candidate in Fort George
Last election 17 seats (new party)
Seats won 12 6
Seat change Decrease 5 Increase 6
Popular vote 12,269 9,069
Percentage 52.66% 38.93%
Swing Decrease 6.19 Increase 38.93

Premier before election

George Cadle Price
PUP

Elected Premier

George Cadle Price
PUP

The ruling People's United Party (PUP) won the largest share (12) of seats in the elections. The United Democratic Party – formed the previous year by a merger of the National Independence Party, People's Development Movement and Liberal Party – ran for the first time in this election, winning six seats.[1] The UDP fielded candidates nationwide except in Corozal District, where it supported candidates from the Corozal United Front. The UDP absorbed the CUF after the election.[2]

ResultsEdit

PartyVotes%Seats+/–
People's United Party12,26952.6612–5
United Democratic Party9,06938.936+5
Corozal United Front1,0394.460New
United Black Association for Development890.3800
Independents8323.5700
Total23,298100.00180
Valid votes23,29897.85
Invalid/blank votes5132.15
Total votes23,811100.00
Registered voters/turnout33,73770.58
Source: Belize Elections and Boundaries Commission

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