Neha Patil

Antigua and Barbuda general election, 1999

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Antigua and Barbuda general election, 1999

General elections were held in Antigua and Barbuda on 9 March 1999. The elections were won by the governing Antigua Labour Party. Lester Bird was re-elected Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Voter turnout was 63.6%.

The election was extremely close, with the UPP losing five seats by a narrow 554 votes in total, and had the elections been free and fair (the government controlled almost all newspapers as well as television and radio stations), the opposition could have won a majority. Opposition leader Baldwin Spencer criticised the conduct and fairness of the election and began a hunger strike in protest to the flaws in the system. The government responded by introducing an independent Electoral Commission.

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Antigua and Barbuda general election, 1999 Wikipedia


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