ElectionGudie

Aug. 29, 2014 Held

14,827
Voted
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Country of Sint Maarten

Election for Staten (Parliament)

Results

69%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:14,827
Valid Votes:14,827
Invalid Votes:191

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

United People's Party 7 6,156

42.46%

National Alliance 4 4,055

27.66%

Democratic Party 2 2,342

16.54%

United St. Maarten Party 2 1,647

11.28%

Seat Shares:

More Info:

At stake in this election:  

  • The 15 seats in the Sint Maarten parliament

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King Willem-ALEXANDER (since 30 April 2013)
  • Queen’s Representative: Governor General Eugene HOLIDAY (since 10 October 2010)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Sarah WESTCOTT-WILLIAMS (since 10 October 2010)
  • Assembly: Sint Maarten has a unicameral Parliament

Description of electoral system:

  • The King’s Representative (Governor General) is appointed by the monarch to serve a six-year term[i]
  • The Prime Minister, after legislative elections, is usually the leader of the majority party (or coalition) and elected by the legislature[ii]
  • In the Parliament, the 15 members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms[iii]

Election Note:

  • The election is scheduled for 29 August 2014.[iv] The government’s term ends October 9, 2014.[v]

Political entities in this electoral race:

  • National Alliance (NA)
    • Leader: William MARLIN[vi]
    • Seats won in last Assembly elections: 7
  • United People’s Party (UPP)
    • Leader: Theo HEYLIGER[vii]
    • Seats won in last Assembly elections: 6
  • Democratic Party (DP)
    • Leader: Roy MARLIN[viii]
    • Seats won in last Assembly elections: 2
  • United St. Maarten Party (US Party)[ix]
    • Leader: Frans RICHARDSON (US)
    • Seats won in last Assembly elections: 0
  • One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP)[x]
    • Leader: Lenny PRIEST (OSPP)
    • Seats won in last Assembly elections: 0

Last election:

  • The last election to the parliament in Sint Maarten was held on 17 September 2010. The Democratic Party (DP) won 17.1% of the vote (2 seats in parliament) and the United People’s Party (UPP) won 36.1% of the vote (6 seats in parliament) and formed a governing coalition.  They beat the National Alliance (NA) which one 45.9% of the vote (7 seats). Results can be found here.
  • The election preceded the complete dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles which occurred on 10 October 2010. Sint Maarten then became a semi-autonomous entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Population and Voter Registration:

  • Population: 37,224 (July 2014 est)[xi]
  • Registered Voters: 21,475 [xii]
 

[i] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sk.html

[ii] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sk.html

[iii] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sk.html

[iv] http://www.sintmaartengov.org/Pages/default.aspx

[v] http://www.todaysxm.com/2014/03/21/election-day-2014-friday-september-5-regular-elections-before-the-summer-not-possible/

[vi] http://www.sxmparliament.org/members-of-parliament/national-alliance-na-faction.html

[vii] http://www.sxmparliament.org/members-of-parliament/up-mp-team.html

[viii] http://www.sxmparliament.org/members-of-parliament/faction-of-the-democratic-party-dp.html

[ix] http://www.todaysxm.com/2014/07/08/8-political-parties-registered-for-elections/

[x] http://www.todaysxm.com/2014/07/08/8-political-parties-registered-for-elections/

[xi] http://stat.gov.sx/

[xii] http://thedominican.net/2014/07/dominicans-to-vote-in-st-maarten.html