General Election Results -15 December 1980
Elections were held for all the members of Parliament. General elections had previously taken place in July 1973, the sitting of the National Assembly having been extended twice (in 1978 and 1979) so as to permit the Constituent Assembly to complete the preparation of a new Constitution.
The new Constitution prepared by the Constituent Assembly was promulgated on 6 October 1980* and, on 25 October, elections were announced for December.
In June 1980, the leader of one of the opposition political parties, the Working People's Alliance (WPA), was assassinated and internal opposition to the People's National Congress (PNC) Government increased.
Most opposition groups, with the notable exception of the leftist People's Progressive Party (PPP), called for a boycott of the elections. Polling day procedure was observed by an international team.
The PNC, led by President of the Republic Forbes Burnham (formerly Prime Minister), won four-fifths of the Assembly seats.
Voter turnout was 82.31%.
On 30 January 1981, the newly-elected Parliament held its first sitting.
Proportional Representation53 elected seats
Total Valid Votes 403,014
Invalid Votes 3,251
Total Votes Cast 406,265
Registered Voters 493,550
Voter Turnout 82.31%
Dissolution of House Sat, 25 Oct 1980
Polling Day Mon, 15 Dec 1980
First Meeting of New Parliament Fri, 30 Jan 1981
Political Group Code Votes % votes Seats
People’s National Congress PNC 312,988 77. 66% 41
People’s Progressive Party PPP 78,414 19.46% 1 0
The United Force TUF 11,612 2.88% 2
Total Valid Votes 403,014 100% 53
People’s National Congress PNC -- 312,988 votes -- 77. 66% of the votes and won 41 seats
People’s Progressive Party PPP -- 78,414 votes -- 19.46% of the votes and won 10 seats.