Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Caribbean countries going to the polls in 2020

Next year is going to be an extra busy one for the region as several Caribbean countries are expected to go to the polls as current Governments seek a new mandate and opposition forces attempt to oust them. 

With many burning issues facing the region, from US-China relations and the emergence of new economic powerhouses to Venezuelan and Haitian migrants and climate change challenges, the elections across the region could have a major impact in several areas.

According to the website Caribbean Elections, these are the Caribbean countries will be holding elections in 2020.

St Kitts and Nevis: TBA

No election date has been announced but General Elections are due by February.

Guyana: March 2

The Guyanese will go to the polls on May 2. The election date was announced a year after the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) successfully tabled a motion of no confidence in the coalition Government of President David Granger. Though the constitution rules that the election must be held 90 days after the no-confidence motion, the Government challenged its legality but the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is the country’s highest court, said in July said that the vote of no confidence was valid and urged all parties to adhere to the provisions of the country’s constitution.

Suriname: TBA

Elections in Suriname are constitutionally due by May. President Desire Delano Bouterse and his National Democratic Party will be seeking another mandate to run the country.

Dominican Republic: May 17

General elections will be held in the Dominican Republic on May 17. The Dominican Liberation Party has been in power since 1996.

Trinidad and Tobago: TBA

The date for the General Election is yet to be announced and no doubt won’t be announced till after the country’s Local Government elections which will be held on December 2. The country’s current party in power, the People’s National Movement, will be seeking to retain power but face a tough fight from the opposition, the United National Congress. A number of smaller parties have signaled their intention to challenge the main parties for the 42 electoral seats.

Anguilla: TBA

Elections may be held in early 2020 but no date has yet been announced. The country is however preparing for what may be a tough fight for the incumbents as opposition forces recently united to form the Anguilla Progressive Movement (APM) led by medical doctor Elis Webster.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: TBA

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves recently announced that the elections will be held toward the end of 2020 ahead of the constitutionally due date in 2021.

Belize: November

Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that elections will be held in November 2020. His United Democratic Party (UDP) party will be up against the opposition People’s United Party (PUP). Barrow is expected to retire as UDP leader at the party’s national convention and leadership election in early 2020.

Turks and Caicos: TBA

Elections in TCI are due every four years. While no date has been announced, preparations by the two main parties: the  Progressive National Party and People's Democratic Movement are underway.

Puerto Rico: November 3

Puerto Ricans will elect a new Governor on November 3 on the same day as the Presidential elections in the United States.

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