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
Registered440,185
Turnout403,734 (91.72%)
  First party Second party Third party
  Jagdeo03032007.jpg Desmond Hoyte.jpg
Candidate Bharrat Jagdeo Desmond Hoyte Paul Hardy
Party PPP PNC GAPWPA
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
PPP

Elected President

Bharrat Jagdeo
PPP

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]

ResultsEdit

PartyPresidential
candidate
Votes%Seats
ConstituencyTop-upTotal+/–
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
Total396,516100.002540650
Valid votes396,51698.21
Invalid/blank votes7,2181.79
Total votes403,734100.00
Registered voters/turnout440,18591.72
Source: Psephos, Election Passport, Carter Center

ReferencesEdit

  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