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Barbados

Barbados

291,495 3

Population (as of July 1, 2016)

Elections in our database

235,510 62.11%

Registered Voters (as of Jan. 1, 2008)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Barbadian House of Assembly Lower House
Barbadian Senate Upper House

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Freundel STUART
  • Assembly: Barbados has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 21 seats and the House of Assembly with 30 seats.

* The Queen is represented by Acting Governor General Eliot BELGRAVE.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is hereditary head of state.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the governor-general.
  • In the Senate 21 members are appointed by the governor-general*. In the House of Assembly 30 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.

* All seats are appointed by the Governor-General - 12 on the advice of the Prime Minister, 2 on the advice of the opposition leader, and 7 at his/her discretion.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Barbadian House of Assembly 2003-05-21 124,463 218,811 56.88%
Barbadian House of Assembly 2008-01-15 149,633 235,510 63.54%
Barbadian House of Assembly 2013-02-21 155,204 235,510 65.9%

Voter Turnout