House of Assembly of Barbados

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House of Assembly
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Michael A. Carrington
Since 15 January 2008
Mia Mottley (Barbados Labour Party - BLP)
Since 18 October 2010
Seats 30
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Political groups

Her Majesty's Government

HM Loyal Opposition

Last election
21 February 2013
Next election
no later than May 2018
Meeting place
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House of Assembly chamber
St. Michael,
Barbados, West Indies
The House of Assembly
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The House of Assembly is the lower house of the bicameral Parliament of Barbados. It has 30 Members of Parliament (MPs), MPs are directly elected in single member constituencies using the simple-majority (or First-past-the-post) system for a term of five years. The House of Assembly sits roughly 40–45 days a year.

The Barbadian House of Assembly chamber is located in the east-wing of The Public Buildings on Broad Street, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Speaker of the House becomes the thirty-first member when there is a tie vote.

Oath or affirmation

Under section 59 of the constitution, before entering upon the functions of his or her office, the MPs must take the oath of allegiance and the oath of office. According to the "First Schedule" section of the Constitution of Barbados, the official Oath of office for the Prime Minister, Ministers of Parliament, and Parliamentary Secretaries of Barbados is as follows:

Next election

According to article 61 of the Constitution of Barbados, general elections to the House of Assembly must be called no later than five years after the opening of parliament following the latest election. Following the 2013 election the current parliament was opened on 6 March[1] means the next election must be called on or before this date in 2018.[needs update]

Latest elections

e • d Summary of the 15 January 2008 Barbados House of Assembly election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Democratic Labour Party 70,135 53.21 20
Barbados Labour Party 61,316 46.52 10
People's Empowerment Party 198 0.15
Independents 129 0.10
People's Democratic Congress 28 0.02
Total valid votes 131,806 100.00 30
Source: The Nation
e • d Summary of the 21 February 2013 Elections
Parties Votes % Seats
Democratic Labour Party 78,566 51.28 16
Barbados Labour Party 74,027 48.32 14
Bajan Free Party 94 0.06
People Democratic Congress 38 0.02
New Barbados Kingdom Alliance 72 0.05 -
Independents 407 0.27 -
Total valid votes 153,204 100.00 30
Source: The Nation

Previous elections

In previous elections the National Democratic Party (NDP), the Barbados National Party (BNP), the Conservatives and Independents also won seats besides the two big parties - the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). The DLP which had been in opposition since 1994, won a surprise victory of 20 seats to 10, on January 16, 2008 DLP leader David Thompson (Barbadian politician) was sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Barbados. Freundel Stuart was sworn in, in 2010 because of the death of the Prime Minister David Thompson. Freundel Stuart was sworn in on February 23, 2013 by obtaining sixteen out of thirty seat. Elections 2013 was one of the closest election Barbados has every seen.

election BLP DLP NDP BNP Conservatives Independents
21 February 2013 14 16
15 January 2008 10 20
21 May 2003 23 7
20 January 1999 26 2
5 September 1994 19 8 1
21 January 1991 10 18
28 January 1986 3 24
1981 17 10
1976 17 7
1971 6 18
3 November 1966 8 14 2
1961 4 14 4 2
1956 15 4 4 1

See also


  1. ^ Dottin, Bea (6 March 2013). "All in place for opening of Parliament". NationNews Barbados. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 

External links

  • House of Assembly
  • Reports of General Elections and By-Elections, Electoral and Boundaries Commission (E&BC)
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