House of Assembly of Saint Lucia

The House of Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of Saint Lucia, elected by popular vote. The upper house is the Senate. It has 17 or 18 members: 17 members elected for a five-year term in single-seat constituencies, and a speaker elected by the 17 members, who may be one of their number or a person chosen from outside the House.[1][2] To be elected to the house, a person must be at least 21 years old.

House of Assembly of Saint Lucia

Chambre d'assemblée de Sainte-Lucie
12th Saint Lucian Parliament
Coat of arms of Saint Lucia.svg
Type
Type
History
FoundedMarch 1, 1967 (1967-03-01)
Leadership
Neville Cenac
Claudius Francis, SLP
since 17 August 2021
Philip J. Pierre, SLP
since 28 July 2021
Leader of the Opposition
Allen Chastanet, UWP
since 28 July 2021
Structure
Seats17 MPs
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House political groups
Her Majesty's Government
  •   SLP (13)
  •   Independent (2)

HM Loyal Opposition

Elections
First-past-the-post
House last election
26 July 2021
House next election
2026
Website
parliament.govt.lc

HistoryEdit

House of Assembly was established in 1967 when associated statehood was attained. It replaced the legislative council.[3]

Relationship with the governmentEdit

Section 60 of the constitution of Saint Lucia requires the prime minister of Saint Lucia to be a member of the House of Assembly. It provides for the governor-general to "appoint a member of the House who appears to him likely to command the support of the majority of the members of the House" and for the office to fall vacant if the prime minister ceases to be a member of the House of Assembly for any reason other than the dissolution of parliament.[4]

Latest general electionEdit

 
PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Saint Lucia Labour Party43,79950.1413+7
United Workers Party37,48142.912–9
National Green Party2710.310New
Independents5,8076.652+2
Total87,358100.00170
Valid votes87,35898.10
Invalid/blank votes1,6941.90
Total votes89,052100.00
Registered voters/turnout174,33251.08
Source: Electoral Department

Current compositionEdit

Following the election of 26 July 2021, the House of Assembly of Saint Lucia comprises the following members:

Constituency Name Party
Gros Islet Kenson Casimir SLP
Babonneau Virginia Poyotte
Castries East Philip J. Pierre
Castries South Ernest Hilaire
Castries South East Joachim Henry
Anse la Raye and Canaries Wayne Girard
Soufriere Emma Hippolyte
Laborie Alva Baptiste
Vieux Fort North Moses Jean Baptiste
Vieux Fort South Kenny Anthony
Micoud North Jeremiah Norbert
Dennery South Alfred Prospere
Dennery North Shawn Edward
Micoud South Allen Chastanet UWP
Choiseul Bradley Felix
Castries Central Richard Frederick IND
Castries North Stephenson King

ConstituenciesEdit

 
Electoral boundaries of Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has 17 electoral segments, each of which elects one Parliamentary Representative to the House of Assembly:[5]

District Constituencies
Gros Islet Gros Islet, Castries North, Babonneau
Castries Babonneau, Castries East, Castries South, Castries South East, Castries North
Anse la Raye Anse la Raye and Canaries
Canaries Anse la Raye and Canaries
Soufrière Soufrière
Laborie Laborie
Vieux Fort Vieux Fort North, Vieux Fort South
Micoud Micoud North, Micoud South, Vieux Fort North, Dennery South
Dennery Dennery South, Dennery North
Choiseul Choiseul

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ House of Assembly website – the House of Assembly
  2. ^ Parliament website – Speaker of the House Archived 4 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Saint Lucia - Access Government". Saint Lucia - Access Government.
  4. ^ "Saint Lucia's Constitution of 1978" (PDF). Constitute Project. p. 34. Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Members of the House of Assembly", Government of St. Lucia, 2008, stlucia.gov.lc (see below: References).

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