At stake in this election:
- 30 seats in the House of Assembly
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Owen Seymour ARTHUR
- Assembly: Barbados has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 21 seats and the House of Assembly with 30 seats.
* The Queen is represented by Governor General Sir Clifford Straughn HUSBANDS.
Description of electoral system:
The Queen is N/A N/A.
In the Senate 21 members are appointed by the governor-general. In the House of Assembly 30 members are elected by direct vote to serve 5-year terms.
Main parties in the electoral race:
- Party: Barbados Labor Party (BLP)
- Leader: Owen ARTHUR
- Seats won in this House of Assembly election: 23
- Seats won in last House of Assembly election: 26
- Party: Democratic Labor Party (DLP)
- Leader: Clyde MASCOLL
- Seats won in this House of Assembly election: 7
- Seats won in last House of Assembly election: 2
- Party: Independents
- Leader: N/A
- Seats won in this House of Assembly election: 0
- Seats won in last House of Assembly election: N/A
Last Parliamentary election:
- Parliamentary elections were last held on January 20, 1999.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 276,607 (July 2002 est.)
- Registered Voters: 218,811 ( 2002 )
· Female Population: 141,537 (2003)
· Is Barbados a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (24 July 1980)
· Has Barbados ratified CEDAW: Yes (16 October 1980)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: Yes
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 4 (following 2003 election)
· Human Development Index Position: 57 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A
· Is Barbados a signatory to CRPD: Yes (19 July 2007)
· Has Barbados ratified CRPD: Yes (27 February 2013)
· Population with a disability: 41,491 (est.)