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Jamaica

Jamaica

2,970,340 4

Population (as of July 1, 2016)

Elections in our database

1,824,410 54.42%

Registered Voters (as of None)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Jamaican House of Representatives Lower House
Jamaican Senate Upper House

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Andrew HOLNESS
  • 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. 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. In the House of Representatives 63 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.
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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Jamaican House of Representatives 2002-10-16 734,579 1,293,373 56.8%
Jamaican House of Representatives 2007-09-03 808,240 1,338,146 60.4%
Jamaican House of Representatives 2011-12-29 869,438 1,648,036 52.76%
Jamaican House of Representatives 2016-02-25 870,663 1,824,410 47.72%

Voter Turnout