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Jamaica

Jamaica

2,909,714 3

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

1,647,911 57.63%

Registered Voters (as of Dec. 1, 2011)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government
House of Representatives Lower House
Senate Upper House
Queen Queen Head of State

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Portia Lucretia SIMPSON-MILLER
  • Assembly: Jamaica has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 21 seats and the House of Representatives with 63 seats.

* The Queen is represented by Governor General Dr. Patrick L. ALLEN.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is the hereditary head of state.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the governor-general.
  • In the Senate 21 members are appointed by the governor-general*. In the House of Representatives 63 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.

* The governor-general appoints members of the Senate on recommendation by the Prime Minister and leader of the opposing party. The ruling party is given 13 seats in the Senate, while the minority party is allotted 8 seats.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
House of Representatives 2002-10-16 - 1,293,373 -
House of Representatives 2007-09-03 808,240 1,293,373 62.49%
House of Representatives 2011-12-29 869,438 1,647,911 52.76%

Voter Turnout