2001 Guyanese general election

General elections were held in Guyana on 19 March 2001.[1] The result was a victory for the People's Progressive Party, which won 34 of the 65 seats. Voter turnout was 91.7%.[1]

2001 Guyanese general election

← 1997 19 March 2001 2006 →

65 seats in the National Assembly
33 seats needed for a majority
Turnout403,734 (91.72%)
  First party Second party Third party
  Jagdeo03032007.jpg Desmond Hoyte.jpg
Candidate Bharrat Jagdeo Desmond Hoyte Paul Hardy
Seats won
34 / 65
27 / 65
2 / 65
Seat change Steady Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 220,667 165,866 9,451
Percentage 52.96% 41.83% 2.38%

2001 Guyanese general election results by region.svg
Results by district

President before election

Bharrat Jagdeo

Elected President

Bharrat Jagdeo

Electoral systemEdit

Under the new electoral law adopted in February 2001,[2] the 65 members of the National Assembly were elected by closed list proportional representation in two groups; 25 members were elected from the 10 electoral districts based on the regions, and 40 elected from a single nationwide constituency. Seats were allocated using the Hare quota.[3] The pre-2001 arrangement under which 10 seats appointed by the Regional Councils and 2 by the National Congress of Local Democratic Organs (an umbrella body representing the regional councils)[4] was abolished, and thus the entire National Assembly was elected by direct popular vote for the first time since 1973.

The President was elected by a first-past-the-post double simultaneous vote system, whereby each list nominated a presidential candidate and the presidential election itself was won by the candidate of the list having a plurality.[4][3]


People's Progressive PartyBharrat Jagdeo210,01352.96122234+5
People's National CongressDesmond Hoyte165,86641.83121527+5
Guyana Action PartyWorking People's AlliancePaul Hardy9,4512.38112+1
Rise Organise and Rebuild GuyanaRavi Dev3,6950.93011New
The United ForceManzoor Nadir2,9040.730110
Justice for All PartyChandra N. Sharma2,8250.710000
Guyana Democratic PartyAsgar Ally1,3450.340000
National Front AllianceKeith Scott4170.11000New
Valid votes396,51698.21
Invalid/blank votes7,2181.79
Total votes403,734100.00
Registered voters/turnout440,18591.72
Source: Psephos, Election Passport, Carter Center


  1. ^ a b Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p363 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ IPU Parline
  3. ^ a b Co-operative Republic of Guyana: Legislative Elections of 28 August 2006 Psephos
  4. ^ a b "Guyana's new Constitution and the elections of 1980: A case of people's power?", Rajendra Chandisingh