ElectionGudie

March 5, 2003 Held

100,340
Voted
Belize

Belize

Election for Belizean House of Representatives

Results

79%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:100,340
Valid Votes:99,557
Invalid Votes:783

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

People's United Party 22 - 59,934

53.20%

United Democratic Party 7 - 45,415

45.60%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 29 seats in the House of Representatives

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Said Wilbert MUSA
  • Assembly: Belize has a bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate with 12 seats and the House of Representatives with 29 seats.

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

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is N/A N/A.
  • In the Senate 12 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Representatives 29 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 5-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: People's United Party (PUP)
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 22
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 26
  • Party: United Democratic Party (UDP)
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 7
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 3

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 262,299 ( 2002 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 126,261 ( 2003 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 133,752 (2003)

·         Is Belize a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (7 March 1990)

·         Has Belize ratified CEDAW: Yes (16 May 1990)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 2 (following 2003 election)

·         Human Development Index Position: 101 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Belize a signatory to CRPD: Yes (9 May 2011)

·         Has Belize ratified CRPD: Yes (2 June 2011)

·         Population with a disability: 39,344 (est.)