At stake in this election:
- 15 seats in the House of Assembly
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
- Head of Government: Prime Minister James Fitz-Allen MITCHELL
- Assembly: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a unicameral House of Assembly with 15 seats.
* The Queen is represented by Governor General Charles ANTROBUS.
Description of electoral system:
- The Queen is hereditary N/A.
- In the House of Assembly, 15 members are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 6 members are appointed to serve 5-year terms.***
*** In the House of Assembly, 15 members are elected in single-member constituencies and 6 members are appointed by the Governor General, all to serve 5-year terms. Among the appointed members, 4 are on the advice of the prime minister and 2 on the advice of the leader of the opposition.
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Party: New Democratic Party (NDP)
- Leader: James F. MITCHELL
- Seats won in this election: 8
- Seats won in last election: 12
- Party: Unity Labour Party (ULP)
- Leader: Vincent BEACHE
- Seats won in this election: 7
- Seats won in last election: 3
Last Parliamentary election:
- Legislative elections were last held on February 21, 1994.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 107,923 (1998)
- Registered Voters: 76,469 (1998)
· Female Population: 53,689 (1998)
· Is Saint Vincent and the Grenadines a signatory to CEDAW: No
· Has Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (4 August 1981)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: Yes
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 1 (following the 1998 elections)
· Human Development Index Position: 97 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Saint Vincent and the Grenadines a signatory to CRPD: No
· Has Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (29 October 2010)
· Population with a disability: 16,188 (est.)