289,680 3

Population (as of May 18, 2015)

Elections in our database

235,510 62.11%

Registered Voters (as of Jan. 1, 2008)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
House of Assembly Lower House
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government
Queen Queen Head of State
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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Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
House of Assembly 2003-05-21 124,463 218,811 56.88%
House of Assembly 2008-01-15 149,633 235,510 63.54%
House of Assembly 2013-02-21 155,204 235,510 65.9%

Voter Turnout