2013 Tobago House of Assembly election

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2013 Tobago House of Assembly election
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  2009 21 January 2013 2017  

All 12 seats in the Tobago House of Assembly
7 seats needed for a majority
Turnout70.08% (Increase2.svg 13.69 pp)
 First party
  Orville London (cropped).jpg
LeaderOrville London
Party PNM
Leader since1998
Leader's seat Scarborough/Calder Hall
Last election8 seats, 51.48%
Seats won
12 / 12
Seat changeIncrease2.svg 4
Popular vote19,976
SwingIncrease2.svg 9.94 pp

Tobago House of Assembly Election Map 2013.png
Results map for the 2017 Tobago House of Assembly general election, where the following colour denotes the party:

Chief Secretary before election

Orville London

Elected Chief Secretary

Orville London

A local election for 12 seats in the Tobago House of Assembly was held on 21 January 2013. The election was a clean sweep by the Tobago Council of the People's National Movement, winning all 12 seats in the Tobago House of Assembly, the only time this feat has ever been accomplished in elections in Trinidad and Tobago.


Political Parties


The TOP secured 11,870 votes in the election while the PNM won overwhelmingly with 19,976 votes. The TPT gathered 675. 136 votes were rejected.

Vote count

Votes cast to the party listed by Constituencies: [1]

Constituency Tobago Organisation of the People People's National Movement The Platform of TruthInvalid ballotsTotalElectorateTurnout
Parlatuvier/L' Anse Fourmi/Speyside1,1751,47824112,6883,51276.54%
Goodwood/Belle Garden West1,2511,58750242,9123,95973.55%
Belle Garden East/Roxborough/Delaford1,1981,4201972,6443,62472.96%
Scarborough/Calder Hall7781,8305062,6643,93867.65
Lambeau/Signal Hill7831,95347152,7984,11767.96%
Bacolet/Mt. St. George9051,5184252,4703,50570.47%
Canaan/Bon Accord9051,56450142,5333,77467.12%
Buccoo/Mt. Pleasant8561,8023372,6984,04166.77%
Bethel/Mt Irvine:1,1161,6175892,8004,05869.00%
Providence/Mason Hall/Moriah1,1291,70661122,9084,08471.20%
Plymouth/Golden Lane8491,600174162,6393,70171.31%
Black Rock/Whim/Spring Garden9251,90167102,9034,28867.70%
SwingDecrease2.svg 11.82%Increase2.svg 9.94%New

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