At stake in this election:
- 13 seats in the Legislative Council
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II*
- Head of Government: Chief Minister Ralph T. O'Neal
- Assembly: British Virgin Islands has a unicameral Legislative Council with 15 seats.
* The queen is represented by Governor Boyd MCCLEARY.
Description of electoral system:
- The Queen is hereditary head of state.
- Premier is appointed by the governor-general.
- In the Legislative Council, 9 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms, 4 members are elected in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 2 members are filled ex officio to serve 4-year terms.**
** Of the 13 members, one member is elected from each of 9 electoral districts and there are four at-large members. Each voter has 5 votes. The Speaker and Attorney General serve ex officio.
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Party: National Democratic Party (NDP)
- Leader: Orlando Smith
- Seats won in last election: 5
- Seats won in this election: 8
- Party: Virgin Islands Party (VIP)
- Leader: Ralph T. O'Neal
- Seats won in last election: 7
- Seats won in this election: 5
Last parliamentary election:
- The last election to the Legislative Council was held on May 17, 1999.
Population and voter registration:
- Population: 22,187 (July 2004 est.)
- Registered Voters: 10,180 (2003)