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British Guiana general election, 1964

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General elections were held in British Guiana on 7 December 1964.[1] They saw the People's Progressive Party win 24 of the 53 seats. However, the People's National Congress (22 seats) and United Force (7 seats) were able to form a coalition government with a working majority. Despite losing the elections, Prime Minister and PPP leader Cheddi Jagan refused to resign, and had to be removed by Governor Richard Luyt, with Forbes Burnham replacing him.[2] Voter turnout was 97.0%.[1]

Electoral system

The elections followed constitutional reforms and the re-establishment of the House of Assembly, which had been abolished in 1953, replacing the bicameral Legislature. The House had 54 members; the Speaker and 53 members elected by proportional representation.[2] The Speaker was elected from amongst the original elected members, and then gave up their elected seat to be replaced by a member of their own party.


People's Progressive Party109,33245.824+4
People's National Congress96,65740.522+11
United Force29,61212.47+3
Justice Party1,3340.60New
Guiana United Muslim Party1,1940.50New
Peace, Equality and Prosperity Party2240.10New
National Labour Front1770.10New
Invalid/blank votes1,590
Registered voters/turnout247,60497.0
Source: Nohlen

Elected members

Cheddi JaganPeople's Progressive Party
Brindley BennPeople's Progressive Party
Ram KarranPeople's Progressive Party
Ranji ChandisinghPeople's Progressive Party
Henry Jocelyn Makepeace HubbardPeople's Progressive Party
Charles Ramkissoon JacobPeople's Progressive Party
Cedric Vernon NunesPeople's Progressive Party
Fenton Harcourt Wilworth RamsahoyePeople's Progressive Party
Eugene Martin StobyPeople's Progressive Party
Earl Maxwell Gladstone WilsonPeople's Progressive Party
George BowmanPeople's Progressive Party
Sheik Mohamed SaffeePeople's Progressive Party
Ashton ChasePeople's Progressive Party
Moses BhagwanPeople's Progressive Party
John Bernard CaldeiraPeople's Progressive Party
Abdul Maccie HamidPeople's Progressive Party
Derek Chunilall JaganPeople's Progressive Party
Goberdhan Harry LallPeople's Progressive Party
Yacoob AllyPeople's Progressive Party
Lloyd LindePeople's Progressive Party
Joseph Rudolph Spenser LuckPeople's Progressive Party
Reepu Daman PersaudPeople's Progressive Party
Mohendernauth PoonaiPeople's Progressive Party
Subhan Ali RamjohnPeople's Progressive Party
Forbes BurnhamPeople's National CongressPremier, Minister of Development & Planning
Ptolemy ReidPeople's National CongressMinister of Home Affairs
Neville James BissemberPeople's National CongressMinister of Health and Housing
Eugene Francis CorreiaPeople's National CongressMinister of Communications
Winifred GaskinPeople's National CongressMinister of Education, Youth, Race Relations & Community Development
C.M. Llewellyn JohnPeople's National CongressMinister of Agriculture
Robert James JordanPeople's National CongressMinister of Forests, Lands and Mines
Rudy KendallPeople's National CongressMinister of Trade and Industry
Deoroop MahrajPeople's National CongressMinister without Portfolio
Claude Alfonso MerrimanPeople's National CongressMinister of Labour and Social Security
David Brandis deGrootPeople's National Congress
William Alexander BlairPeople's National Congress
Jagnarine BudhooPeople's National Congress
Charles Frederick Chan-A-SuePeople's National Congress
Oscar Eleazar ClarkePeople's National Congress
Royden George Basil Field-RidleyPeople's National Congress
John Gabriel JoaquinPeople's National Congress
Thomas Anson SanchoPeople's National Congress
Rupert TelloThe United Force
James Henry ThomasPeople's National Congress
Alex Benjamin TrotmanPeople's National Congress
Henry Milton Shakespeare WhartonPeople's National Congress
Aubrey Percival AlleynePeople's National CongressElected speaker and replaced by Philip Duncan
Peter d'AguiarThe United ForceMinister of Finance
Mohamed KasimThe United ForceMinister of Works and Hydraulics
Randolph Emanuel CheeksThe United ForceMinister of Local Government
Stephen CampbellThe United ForceMinistry of Home Affairs
Cyril Victor Too ChungThe United Force
Hari PrashadThe United Force


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p363 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ a b Nohlen, p355
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