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Trinidad and Tobago

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

1,225,225 7

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

23 76.56%

Registered Voters (as of Feb. 1, 2013)

Average Turnout

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

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Anthony CARMONA *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Kamla PERSAD-BISSESSAR **
  • Assembly: Trinidad and Tobago has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 31 seats and the House of Representatives with 41 seats.

* The President is elected by indirect vote by an electoral college consisting of ten senators, the Speaker, and twelve members of the House of Representatives.

** The president usually appoints the leader of the majority party in the House of Representatives

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is indirectly elected by an electoral college to serve a 5-year term.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the President to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Senate, 16 members are appointed by the ruling party to serve 5-year terms, 6 members are appointed by the opposition to serve 5-year terms and 9 members are appointed by the president to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Representatives 41 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
House of Representatives 2000-12-11 - 940,000 -
House of Representatives 2001-12-10 - 940,000 -
House of Representatives 2002-10-07 608,830 875,260 69.56%
House of Representatives 2007-11-05 653,882 990,352 66.03%
President 2008-02-11 - - -
House of Representatives 2010-05-24 722,322 1,022,519 70.64%
President 2013-02-15 23 23 100.0%

Voter Turnout