ElectionGudie

Sept. 11, 2014 Held

2,747
Voted
Montserrat

Montserrat

Election for Montserratian Legislative Council

Results

71%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,747
Valid Votes:2,747
Invalid Votes:0

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

People's Democratic Movement 7 11,591

50.02%

Movement for Change and Prosperity 2 8,193

35.36%

Independents - - 2,422

10.45%

Alliance of Independent Candidates - - 965

4.16%

Seat Shares:

More Info:

At stake in this election:  

  • The 9 seats (out of 11) in the Montserrat Legislative Council

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
  • Queen’s Representative: Governor Adrian DAVIS (since 8 April 2011)
  • Head of Government: Premier Reuben T. MEADE (since 27 September 2011)
  • Assembly: Montserrat has a unicameral Parliament. The Legislative Council has 11 seats, 9 of which are popularly elected seats[i]

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen’s Representative, the Governor, is appointed by the monarch to serve at Her Majesty’s Pleasure
  • The Prime Minister, after legislative elections, is usually the leader of the majority party[ii]
  • In the Legislative Council, 9 members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms.[iii] The two remaining seats are filled by the Attorney General and Financial Secretary as Ex-Officio members.[iv]

Election Note:

  • The election is scheduled for 12 September 2014.[v] The Montserrat Constitution requires elections to be held this year (2014).[vi]

Political entities in this electoral race:

  • The Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP)
    • Leader: Peter D. A. QUEELEY[vii]
    • Seats won in last Assembly elections: 6
  • People’s Democratic Movement (PDM)[viii]
    • Leader: Donaldson ROMEO[ix]
    • Seats won in last Assembly elections: 0

Last election:

  • The last election to the Legislative Council in Montserrat was held on 8 September 2009.[x] The Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) won 6 seats in the Legislative Council. Independent candidates won 3 seats. Turnout was at 66.75 percent with 2,347 voters out of 3,516 registered voters participating.[xi] Results can be found here.

Population and Voter Registration:

  • Population: 5,215 (July 2014 est)[xii]
  • Registered Voters: 3,516 (September 2009)[xiii]

*An enumeration exercise began June 2014 to ensure all persons who are eligible to vote are registered. The enumeration, held every five years, is from 1 June 2014 to 31 August 2014.[i]



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

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

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

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

[v] http://www.themontserratreporter.com/premier-general-elections-september-12-2014/

[vi] http://www.themontserratreporter.com/premier-general-elections-september-12-2014/

[vii] http://www.themontserratreporter.com/mcap-elects-new-central-executive-committee/

[viii] The People’s Democratic Movement is a new party as of May 2014.

[ix] http://www.themontserratreporter.com/new-political-party-pdm-launched/

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

[xi] http://www.idea.int/vt/countryview.cfm?id=152

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

[xiii] http://www.idea.int/vt/countryview.cfm?id=152

[i] http://www.themontserratreporter.com/voters-learn-the-issue-of-domicile-and-urged-to-register-as-enumeration-begins-in-june/