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 Seymour ARTHUR
- Seats won in last House of Assembly election: 23
- Party: Democratic Labor Party (DLP)
- Leader: David THOMPSON
- Seats won in last House of Assembly election: 7
Last Parliamentary election:
- Parliamentary elections were last held on May 21, 2003.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 277,315 (2008)
- Registered Voters: 235,475 (January 2008 )
· Female Population: 144,219 (2008)
· 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: 3 (following 2008 elections)
· 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: 41,597 (est.)