1956 Trinidad and Tobago General Election
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1956 Trinidad and Tobago General Election

1956 Trinidad and Tobago general election
Trinidad and Tobago
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All 24 seats in the Legislative Council
Turnout80.1% (Increase 10.1 pp)
PNM Eric Williams 39.7% 13 New
PDP Bhadase Maraj 20.8% 5 New
Butler Party Tubal Uriah Butler 11.7% 2 -4
TLP-NDP A. P. T. James 5.2% 2 0
Independents - 15.3% 2 -4

General elections were held in Trinidad and Tobago on 24 September 1956.[1] 129 candidates from nine political parties contested for 24 seats in the legislative council.[2] The result was a victory for the People's National Movement, which won 13 of the 24 seats. Voter turnout was 80.1%.[3]

Former West Indies cricketer Learie Constantine of the PNM defeated Radio Trinidad announcer Surujpat Mathura in Tunapuna.[4]


People's National Movement105,15339.7513New
People's Democratic Party55,14820.855New
Butler Party31,07111.752-4
Party of Political Progress Groups14,0195.300-2
Trinidad Labour Party-National Development Party13,6925.1820
Caribbean National Labour Party3,8641.460New
Caribbean People's Democratic Party6270.240New
West Indian Independence Party4460.170New
Valid votes264,54397.43
Invalid/blank votes6,9912.57
Total votes271,534100.00
Registered voters/turnout339,02880.09
Source: Elections and Boundaries Commission


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005). Elections in the Americas: A Data Handbook, Vol. I. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 635. ISBN 0-19-928357-5.
  2. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago General Election Results 1956". Caribbean Elections. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Nohlen, p639
  4. ^ "Constantine, Learie". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2021.

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