The PNM won the election, winning 26 of the 41 seats and 236,420 votes. The UNC A won 15 votes and received 103,247 votes. COP won no seats and received 119,007. About 56% of the electorate turned out. I estimated that the PNM received about 43% of the votes cast.
We’re basically back to the ONR in 1981. They won the second largest number of votes, but “not a damn seat”. About half the people whot voted support the PNM, about a quarter support Panday’s party, and about a quarter want something else. Ignoring, for the moment, the 44% of the electorate which didn’t vote (which includes people like me, who aren’t in the country and thus can’t vote), the inadequacy of the first-past-the-post system is just glaring. As in 1981, the second largest group of voters have no representation. Yes, we get to cast our votes. Yes, elections are mostly free and fair. No, this isn’t democracy.
Update: Newer figures today show that the PNM received 299,813 votes, the UNC A 194,425 votes and COP 148,041. (That’s what I get for taking Newsday seriously!) So I was wrong, COP didn’t receive more votes than the UNC A. Nonetheless, the basic fact remains that almost a quarter of the people who voted have no representation in Parliament. Total turnout appears to be 66% rather than 56%.