1980 Jamaican general election
General elections were held in Jamaica on 30 October 1980. The balance of power in the 60-seat Jamaican House of Representatives was dramatically-shifted. Prior to the vote, the People's National Party (PNP), led by Prime Minister Michael Manley, had a 47 to 13 majority over the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), led by Edward Seaga. With the loss by 38 PNP incumbents to their JLP challengers, Seaga's party captured a 51 to 9 majority and Seaga replaced Manley as Prime Minister of Jamaica. Voter turnout was 86.9%.
60 seats in the House of Representatives
31 seats needed for a majority
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
The elections were marked by gun violence, exacerbated by economic pressure related to IMF austerity, lay-offs of public workers, and blackouts due to a national electric strike. 153 elderly women died in the Eventide Home Fire on 20 May, which was suspected, but not proven, to have been started by politically-motivated arsonists.
|Jamaica Labour Party||502,115||58.88||51||+38|
|People's National Party||350,064||41.05||9||–38|