ElectionGudie

Feb. 25, 2019 Confirmed

Virgin Islands, British

British Virgin Islands

Election for British Virgin Islands House of Assembly

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At Stake in this Election:

  • The 13 elected seats of the House of Assembly*

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II*
  • Head of Government: Premier D. Orlando SMITH
  • Assembly: British Virgin Islands has a unicameral House of Assembly with 15 seats.

* The queen is represented by Governor Augustus JASPERT.

Electoral System:

  • In the House of Assembly, 9 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms, 4 members are elected in multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 2 members are filled ex officio to serve 4-year terms.
  • Of the 13 members, one member is elected from each of 9 electoral districts and there are four at-large members. Each voter has 5 votes. The Speaker and Attorney General serve ex officio.

Main Parties in the Electoral Race:

  • Party: National Democratic Party (NDP)
    • Leader: Myron WALWYN
    • Seats won in last election: 11
  • Party: Virgin Islands Party (VIP)
    • Leader: Andrew FAHIE
    • Seats won in last election: 2
  • Party: Progressives United (PU)
    • Leader: Julian FRASER
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM)
    • Leader: Ronnie SKELTON
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Independents
    • Seats won in last election: 0

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 32,206 (2019 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 13,640 (2018)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 16,994 (2017 est.)
  • Are the British Virgin Islands a signatory to CEDAW: Yes – via United Kingdom (22 July 1981)
  • Have the British Virgin Islands ratified CEDAW: Yes – via United Kingdom (7 April 1986)
  • Gender Quota: No
  • Female Candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Legislators: 3 (23.08%)
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: United Kingdom – 14 (2018)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: United Kingdom – Very Low (2019)

Disability Data:

  • Are the British Virgin Islands a signatory to CRPD: Yes – via United Kingdom (30 March 2007)
  • Have the British Virgin Islands ratified CRPD: Yes – via United Kingdom (8 June 2009)
  • Population with a disability: 5,018 (est.)