Democratic Party (Curaçao)

The Democratic Party (Papiamento: Partido Democraat, Dutch: Democratische Partij) is a liberal party in Curaçao founded in 1944.[1] The party has participated in elections for the Estates of the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao constituency) and the Island Council of Curaçao until the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010, obtaining a single seat in the island council in 2007.

Democratic Party
Partido Democraat
Democratische Partij
LeaderGeorge Hernandez
Founded1944[1]
IdeologyLiberalism
Political positionCentre
ColoursRed

By obtaining 1019 registrations of support, the party qualified (a minimum of 743 was required) for participation in the Curaçao General Election of 2012 on 19 October in a combined list with Laboral named Partido Democrat Laboral,[2][3] where it obtained 1.2% of the votes but failed to obtain any seats.[4] In the primary elections of 2016, the party received 1094 votes, again sufficient for participation, but did not end up winning any seats.

Netherlands AntillesEdit

From 1954 until 1978, the party was part of the government of the Netherlands Antilles led by prime-minister Efrain Jonckheer, but it did not have any seats in the Estates of the Netherlands Antilles from 1995. At the legislative elections in the Netherlands Antilles, 18 January 2002, the party won 2.4% of the popular vote and none of the 14 Curaçao-seats in the Estates of the Netherlands Antilles.[5] It took part in the elections of 27 2006 and 2010 where it obtained 3.7% and 2.5% of the vote of Curaçao respectively, but failed to win a seat.[6][7]

In 2007, the party obtained a single seat in the island council (with 5% of the vote).[8] At the Island Council elections of 2010, DP obtained 4% of the vote (3048 votes), about 500 votes shy of a seat in the Island Council (and its successor: the Estates of Curaçao).[9]

Curaçao island council elections
Year Leader Seats +/– seats Rank Votes %
1951
8 / 21
2nd ? ?
1955
9 / 21
  1 ? ?
1959
9 / 21
2nd ? ?
1963
9 / 21
2nd ? ?
1967
13 / 21
  6 1th ? ?
1971
7 / 21
  3 ? ?
1975
4 / 21
  3 ? ?
1979
6 / 21
  2 ? ?
1983
5 / 21
  1 ? ?
1987
4 / 21
  1 13,879 19.49
1991
2 / 21
  2 6,624 9.39
1995
1 / 21
  1 4,654 6.61
1999
0 / 21
  1 2,931 4.15
2003
0 / 21
2,519 3.75
2007
1 / 21
  1 3,813 5.12
2010
0 / 21
  1 3,048 4.10
2012
0 / 21
1,127 1.30
2016
0 / 21
1,963 2.48
2017
0 / 21
n/a Did not contest
2021
0 / 21
2,388 2.81

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Leoni Leidel-Schenk (12 October 2012). "Partijen aan het woord: Partido laboral/Democraat" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 18 April 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  2. ^ Natasja Gibbs (22 August 2012). "Democrat en Laboral sluiten alliantie". Radio Netherlands Worldwide (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 26 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Voorverkiezingen". Main Electoral Office, Curacao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Pueblo Soberano Biggest Party After Elections 2012". Curaçao Chronicle. 19 October 2012. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Totaaluitslag 2002". Main Electoral Office, Curacao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Totaaluitslag 2006". Main Electoral Office, Curacao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Totaaluitslag 2010". Main Electoral Office, Curacao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Eilandsraadverkiezingen, 2007". Main Electoral Office, Curacao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Eilandsraadverkiezingen, 27 augustus 2010". Main Electoral Office, Curacao (Conseho Supremo Elektoral) (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 October 2012.

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