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Jamaica
COUNTRY ELECTION TYPE DATE
Jamaica General December 18, 1997
At stake in this election:
  • 60 seats in the House of Representatives
Description of government structure:
  • Jamaica is an independent member of the Commonwealth.
  • Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II
  • Jamaica's bicameral parliament is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
  • The Senate is composed of 21 members appointed by the governor general.
  • The House of Representatives is composed of 60 directly elected members serving five-year terms.
Main parties in the electoral races:
  • Leader: Percival J. PATTERSON
    Party: People's National Party (PNP)
    Seats won in last general election: 52
    Seats won in this general election: 51

  • Leader: Edward SEAGA
    Party: Jamaica Labor Party (JLP)
    Seats won in last general election: 8
    Seats won in this general election: 9

When was the last presidential election?
  • A general election was last held on March 30, 1993.
  • In the last election, 60 seats in the House of Representatives were decided.
Population and number of registered voters:
  • Population: 5,672,000 (1996 estimate)
  • Number of registered voters: 2,883,920
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ELECTION SYSTEMS (IFES)
For additional information: IFES ElectionGuide Online









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