ElectionGudie

Nov. 4, 2015 Held

142,900
Voted
Belize

Belize

Election for Belizean House of Representatives

Results

72%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:142,900
Valid Votes:141,431
Invalid Votes:1,469

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

United Democratic Party (UDP) 19 - 71,452

50.70%

People's United Party (PUP) 12 - 67,566

47.90%

Others - - 2,413

1.80%

Seat Shares:

More Info:

At stake in this election:     

  • The 31 seats in the House of Representatives

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II*
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Dean BARROW
  • Assembly: Belize has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 12 seats and the House of Representatives with 31 seats.

*Queen ELIZABETH II is represented by Governor General Sir Colville YOUNG, Sr.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is hereditary.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the governor-general.
  • In the Senate, the 12 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Representatives, the 31 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: United Democratic Party
    • Leader: Dean BARROW
    • Seats won in last election: 17
  • Party: People’s United Party
    • Leader: Francis FONSECA
    • Seats won in last election: 14
  • Party: People’s National Party
    • Leader: Wil MAHEIA
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Vision Inspired by the People
    • Leader: Hubert ENRIQUEZ
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Independents
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last election: 0

Last election:

  • The last election for the House of Representatives was held on 7 March 2012. There were 178,054 registered voters for the election. The United Democratic Party won 17 seats (of 31), with 50.37% of the vote; the People’s United Party won 14 seats, with 47.54% of the vote; the People’s National Party won 0 seats, with 0.64% of the vote; the Independents won 0 seats, with 0.64% of the vote; and the Vision Inspired by the People Party won 0 seats, with 0.30% of the vote.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 347,369 (July 2015 est.)[1]
  • Registered voters: 178,054 (2012 est.)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 173,684 (July 2015 est.)[2]
  • Is Belize a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (7 March 1990)[3]
  • Has Belize ratified CEDAW: Yes (16 May 1990)[4]
  • Gender Quota: No[5]
  • Female Candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Legislators: 3 (9.7%) of 31 seats in the House of Representatives[6]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 84[7]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A[8]

Disability Data:

  • Is Belize a signatory to CRPD: Yes (9 May 2011)[9]
  • Has Belize ratified CRPD: Yes (2 June 2011)[10]
  • Population with a disability: 52,105[11]

 

 

 

[1] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

[2] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

[3] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

[4] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

[5] http://pdba.georgetown.edu/ElecSys/Belize/belize.html

[6] http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SG.GEN.PARL.ZS

[7] http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/table-1-human-development-index-and-its-components

[8] http://genderindex.org/countries

[9] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=iv-15&chapter=4&lang=en

[10] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=iv-15&chapter=4&lang=en

[11] http://www.electionaccess.org/en/resources/countries/