ElectionGudie

March 7, 2012 Held

130,258
Voted
Belize

Belize

Election for Belizean House of Representatives

Results

72%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:130,258
Valid Votes:128,999
Invalid Votes:1,259

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

United Democratic Party 17 - 64,976

50.37%

People's United Party 14 - 61,329

47.54%

People's National Party - - 828

0.64%

Independents - - 822

0.64%

Vision Inspired by the People - - 382

0.30%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 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 N/A.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the governor-general.
  • In the Senate 12 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Representatives 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: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 17
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 25
  • Party: People's United Party
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 14
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 6
  • Party: People's National Party
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 0
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0
  • Party: Vision Inspired by the People
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 0
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0
  • Independent(s): Independents
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 0
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 0

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 327,719 (July 2011 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 178,054 (March 2012 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 168,537 (2012)

·         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: 1 (House of Representatives); 5 (Senate) (following 2012 elections)

·         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: 49,157 (est.)