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National Assembly election 2016 - ARID calls for “clean” political campaigning

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:31 am

National Assembly election 2016 - ARID calls for “clean” political campaigning

12-August-2016
With the parliamentary election coming up, ARID (Association for Rights, Information and Democracy) is calling on all political parties and candidates contesting the election to uphold the principles governing democratic elections and to maintain respect and tolerance during the campaigning period.
“We expect politicians to discuss about issues affecting the lives of the citizens but not to engage in confrontational politics,” says ARID in a communiqué.
ARID is also advising candidates as well as supporters of all political parties and movements to refrain from insulting one another and to refrain from personal attacks and defamation.
“We are advocating for responsible and clean political campaigning for this election,” adds the communiqué.
ARID is strongly recommending to the Electoral Commission not to operate the island of Silhouette as an all voting station as was the case in previous elections. ARID believes the voting station on Silhouette should be a special voting station for workers on Silhouette and NOT an all voting station.
The association is also calling on the Electoral Commission to ensure that the coming election is free, fair and transparent and that due consideration is given to the recommendations made by the domestic and international election observation missions.
“One of the important recommendations from our previous report was the need for (CVE) Civic and Voters Education and once again we are advocating for a comprehensive voter's education programme in the national media. ARID is calling on the Electoral Commission once again to enhance civic and voter's education ahead of the forthcoming elections,” says the ARID communiqué.
As a citizen's observer group, ARID is calling on the state funded media, both the electronic and print media, to maintain strict impartiality, objectivity and fairness at all times.
“SBC and the Seychelles NATION should refrain from printing and airing proposed candidates of the forthcoming election in programmes and news coverage as this will give competitive advantages to some candidates and compromise on the fairness of this election process. The role of the public media is crucial throughout the election process,” noted the ARID communiqué.
“ARID has been on the ground observing most of the rallies and we have noticed high consumption of alcohol in some of these public political events and in some cases involving children. We are calling on the authorities to regulate the sale of alcohol in political rallies and on the law enforcement agencies to ensure effective control in all political gatherings,” says ARID.
Last but not least, ARID is reminding voters to be mindful that this election is not about electing a political party but rather a person who will truly represent your interest in the National Assembly.
The National Assembly election will take place on September 8, 9 and 10, 2016.

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Eleksyon Lasanble Nasyonal - Linyon Sanzman pe partisip dan prosen eleksyon anba en nouvo parti politik

Post  Sirop14 on Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:21 pm

Eleksyon Lasanble Nasyonal - Linyon Sanzman pe partisip dan prosen eleksyon anba en nouvo parti politik

17-August-2016


Lider parti politik Linyon Sanzman Martin Aglae in dir ki son parti pou pran par dan prosen eleksyon Lasanble Nasyonal anba en nouvo parti politik ki’n fek formen apele Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD).
Sa i menm si i’n ganny en let konfirmasyon yer bomaten sorti kot Komisyoner Eleksyon Hendrick Gappy konmkwa zot kapab partisip dan sa eleksyon konman Linyon Sanzman.
“Lefe ki sa let in vin en zour avan Dat Nominasyon ki ozordi, nou konman en parti politik ki serye nou ti pran serten mezir pour adres sa bann sitiasyon. Enn sa bann mezir se ki nou’n ouver en nouvo parti politik ki apel Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD) ki pe ganny dirize par Msye Jimmy Gabriel.
“Nou ankor Linyon Sanzman e nou reafirm nou langazman ki Linyon Sanzman i egziste dapre dokiman ki nou’n gannyen sorti kot Komisyon Eleksyon ki’n konfirmen ki nou Linyon Sanzman. E mon konman lider Linyon Sanzman ansanm avek manm egzekitiv parti nou pe donn ‘full’ sipor LSD. Konman en parti lopozisyon ki serye, dan sa eleksyon nou pe al partisip anba Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD),” Msye Aglae ti anonse.
Msye Aglae in osi devwale ki slogan sa parti pour eleksyon Lasanble Nasyonal i ‘Fer li Nou Lasanble’.
Msye Aglae in dir ki ouver sa nouvo parti politik, LSD, ti zot dezyenm opsyon an ka ki Komisyon Elektoral ti tarde pour donn en ‘ruling’ lo si zot kapab servi Linyon Sanzman oubyen non.
E se selman yer bomaten ki Msye Gappy ti enform zot atraver en dokiman ki dezormen se zot Linyon Sanzman e ki zot kapab partisip dan sa eleksyon konman Linyon Sanzman.
“Demen (ozordi) bomaten nou pou soumet nou bann laplikasyon kot Komisyon Eleksyon; bann billboard pe deza ganny fer konman LSD. LSD ek Linyon Sanzman pou prezant son komite egzekitiv demen (ozordi),” Msye Aglae ti dir.
“Konman LSD nou’n deside pour nou zwenn ansanm avek Linyon Sanzman pour konteste sa eleksyon ki pe vini. Napa nanryen ki pou anpes nou partisip dan sa eleksyon avek Linyon Sanzman. Akoz sa kantite letan ki Komisyon Eleksyon in pran pour donn en larepons Linyon Sanzman, nou ti bezwen trouv en lot opsyon pour partisip dan sa prosen eleksyon,” Msye Gabriel, lider LSD, in dir.
Msye Gabriel in dir ki son parti i annan son ban manm egzekitiv, komite ki pare pour travay for pour fer zot lavwa tande.

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http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250640

Resolution of the Electoral Commission - Linyon Sanzman

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Court orders injunctions on use of Linyon Sanzman and Linyon Sosyal Demokratik names

Post  Sirop14 on Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:33 pm

Court orders injunctions on use of Linyon Sanzman and Linyon Sosyal Demokratik names

Court orders injunctions on use of Linyon Sanzman and Linyon Sosyal Demokratik names

18-August-2016
The Supreme Court yesterday issued orders to the Electoral Commission not to register any party under the names Linyon Sanzman (LS) and Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD), and to cancel any registration of any party and of any candidates using that name.
The Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) sought the injunctions after the Electoral Commission proceeded to re-establish, just before Nomination Day for the National Assembly elections, the registration of a party under the name Linyon Sanzman and also to register a new party under the name Lafors Sosyal Demokratik.
The injunctions were requested together with judicial review of these decisions by the Supreme Court which will be heard by the Supreme Court on September 21, 2016.
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) has maintained that no party other than itself should be allowed to use the name Linyon Sanzman because it has been widely associated with that name. It has also objected to the use of the name Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD) because it closely resembles its own name and is therefore contrary to Section 7 of the Political Parties (Registration and Representation) Act.
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa considers that both of these names have been registered with the malicious intent of confusing and misleading voters sympathetic to LDS and it will therefore continue to strongly object to the use of the names.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250659

EC registers new political party
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250658

National Assembly election 2016

18-August-2016
Draw for PPBs and order of names on ballot paper held


Political parties and independent candidates taking part in next month’s National Assembly election now know the order they will appear on the ballot paper and in which they will make their political broadcast.
A draw to decide that order took place last night at the Electoral Commission’s headquarters at the National Library in Victoria.
Candidates from four political parties – Parti Lepep, Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS); Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM) and Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD) are taking part in the election together with three independent candidates – Danny Sopha for Anse aux Pins; Georgie Prudence for Mont Buxton and Ralph Volcère for Au Cap.
The draw was done in four categories: order of candidates on the ballot paper; order for the opening party political broadcast; order for the closing of political broadcast and order for both political parties and candidates. Independent candidates will feature on ballot papers only for the district where they are standing.
With regard to the order of candidates on the ballot paper, those representing Parti Lepep will be first (on top), followed by those for the Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM), Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD), Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS), and finally independent candidates where appropriate.
As for the order of political broadcasts for political parties (opening) the first party to present its programme is Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS), followed by Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM), Parti Lepep and Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD).
The order for the closing programme is as follows: First Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD), second Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM), third Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) and fourth Parti Lepep.
As for the political broadcasts for candidates, those representing Parti Lepep will present their programme first, followed by the independent candidates (where appropriate), those representing Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS), those for Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM) and lastly those for Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD).
Before the draw, the commission presented certificates and voters’ register to the members of the parties and independent candidates who took part in the nomination earlier.
The official campaigning and putting up of billboards by participating political parties and candidates started as soon as the draws were done.
Giving an overview of yesterday’s nomination day process, chief electoral officer Joseph Athanasius said the day went quite well.

He noted there were no issues with the first two political parties to register – Parti Lepep and LDS ‒ whose documents were in order.
As for the two other parties – LSD and SPM – some issues had to be settled.
“Unfortunately some of their (LSD and SPM) documents were not really in order. We gave them a certain amount of time to rectify taking into consideration that they were already present for nomination. We were tolerant in granting them time to put things in place. They responded quite well, they were cooperative and sorted out their documents,” said Mr Athanasius.
He said after verification and ensuring all were according to regulations, the commission issued them with a certificate.
Regarding the court order where the LSD name is being contested, Mr Athanasius said until then no court order had been received by the commission.
Mr Athanasius also said all candidates who have received the certificate of validation could start their campaigning as from last night. But there are certain regulations they have to adhere to such as sizes of the posters, locations of billboards, among others.
“We have held meeting with all stakeholders concerned like liaison officers of political parties, independent candidates and Seychelles Land Transport Agency (SLTA) regarding locations of billboards, their sizes, etc.,” said Mr Athanasius.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250662

National Assembly election

18-August-2016
The race is on!

Candidates from four political parties and three independent ones submitted their nomination forms yesterday, showing their intention to take part in the National Assembly election next month.
They presented their documents to the Electoral Officers at the Electoral Commission’s headquarters at the National Library, Victoria.
The Electoral Commission of Seychelles had set Wednesday August 17 as nomination day for all parties and independent candidates to submit their documents for the National Assembly election set for September 8, 9 and 10, 2016.
Candidates for the Parti Lepep were the first to register, followed by Danny Sofa, independent candidate for Anse aux Pins, Georgie Prudence, independent candidate for Mont Buxton, Ralph Volcère, independent candidate for Au Cap, Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM), Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) and Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD).
The process took place in the presence of the Electoral Commission chairman Hendrick Gappy, chief electoral officer Joseph Athanasius, Lorna Lepathy, chief registration officer,electoral officers and their deputies.
The candidates had to produce a nomination form with all the necessary details recommended by the Electoral Commission; certificate from their political party if they are not an independent candidate and another certificate as proof of security deposit payment of R1,500 per candidate; passport photo and logo or colour of their affiliated political party.
As for the independent candidates they had to use a colour to represent them. All candidates must have the signature of 50 people who are registered on the voters’ list.
After the registration they were issued an acceptance letter from the commission. The next step will be an endorsement letter from the Electoral Commission and drawing of lots to decide the order the candidates will appear on the ballot paper and the order in which they will make their political broadcasts on television and radio.
Generally the process went well in the beginning with Parti Lepep being the first political party to register its 25 candidates. But for the SPM and LSD there were some issues which needed sorting out especially with regard to signatures.
All political parties and independent candidates expressed the wish for a peaceful election. They are all confident of doing well and winning.
Their advice to the voters is to choose freely what candidate they will vote for and not to be coerced into making their choices.
The accompanying photos show the candidates of the four political parties and the independent ones going through the nomination formalities yesterday.
Seychelles NATION hopes to publish the names and photos of all candidates in a future issue.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250663

Eleksyon Lasanble Nasyonal

18-August-2016
Parti Lepep i lans son kanpanny avek en rasanbleman lazenes

Se par en rasanbleman son bann zenn militan ki Parti Lepep in deside lans son kanpanny pour eleksyon lezislativ. Pour sa eleksyon ki pou fer le 8, 9 ek 10 Septanm, Parti Lepep in swazir slogan «Pli determinen ki zanmen» konman son tenm kanpanny.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250664

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Use of name Lafors Demokratik Seselwa

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:20 am

Use of name Lafors Demokratik Seselwa

20-August-2016
EC reacts to court order

The Electoral Commission has reacted to the court order received on September 18, 2016 after Nomination Day instructing it not to register any political party and or candidates under the name LSD (Lafors Sosyal Demokratik).
The Electoral Commission has said it is putting forward a motion to the Supreme Court of Seychelles to fix a new date at the earliest by next week during the court vacation, as the Commission has to organise the printing of ballot paper the soonest for the national assembly election.
The Commission is of the opinion that the date of September 21, 2016 set for the case to be heard is unreasonable and will affect the election process of the national assembly.
The injunctions on the use of the name Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD), as well as that of Linyon Sanzman were sought by the Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) after the Electoral Commission proceeded to re-establish, just before Nomination Day for the National Assembly election, the registration of a party under the name Linyon Sanzman and also to register a new party under the name Lafors Sosyal Demokratik.
The injunctions were requested together with judicial review of these decisions by the Supreme Court which will be heard by the Supreme Court on September 21, 2016.
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) has maintained that no party other than itself should be allowed to use the name Linyon Sanzman because it has been widely associated with that name. It has also objected to the use of the name Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD) because it closely resembles its own name and is therefore contrary to Section 7 of the Political Parties (Registration and Representation) Act.

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Eleksyon Lezislativ 2016

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:02 pm


Eleksyon Lezislativ 2016

23-August-2016
Lafors Sosyal Demokratik i met bilbord malgre lord lakour

• 2 mosyon lo son size ankour ozordi

Malgre en lord lakour ki anpes okenn parti politik ou kandida servi non Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD), sa parti in met bilbord avek portre son bann kandida pour eleksyon lezislativ ki pou fer le 8, 9 ek 10 Septanm.
Depi wikenn, sa bann bilbord i vizib, sirtou dan bann krwaze semen.
I’n annan plizyer reaksyon sirtou lo rezo sosyal kont desizyon sa parti pour pa respekte lord lakour e met sa bann bilbord. Dapre lenformasyon, serten kandida sorti dan lezot parti in raport sa avek Lapolis, dizan ki sa aksyon i kapab port prezidis a zot kandidatir.
LDS (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa) atraver son avoka Antony Derjacques in osi deza fayle en mosyon pour pa respekte lord lakour, ouswa ‘contempt of Court’ an Angle. Sa zafer pou ekoute ozordi 9er30 bomaten.
Sete Zedi le 18 Out, en zour apre nominasyon bann kandida, ki Komisyon Elektoral ti resevwar lord lakour ki ti demann li pour pa anrezistre okenn parti politik oubyen kandida anba non Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD). Sa ti swiv en demann par LDS ki ti dir ki sa non i tro pre avek sa ki pour li, kontrerman avek seksyon 7 Lalwa Lanrezistreman Parti Politik.
LDS ti’n oparavan ganny en lot zafer kont Komisyon Elektoral lo litilizasyon ‘Linyon Sanzman’, non ki sa group parti lopozisyon ti’n servi pour konteste 2enm tour Eleksyon Prezidansyel an Desanm lannen pase.
Komisyon Elektoral in osi soumet en mosyon avek lakour pour demande ki rapel ki LSD in fer i pase avan dat ki’n fikse pour sa, setadir le 21 Septanm. Sa pou donn li ase letan pour enklir sa parti lo papye vote si fodre. Sa mosyon pou osi ekoute ozordi 9er30 bomaten.
Touzour an se ki konsern bilbord, boukou dimoun in osi reazir lo desizyon kandida endepandan pour distrik Au Cap Ralph Volcère pour swazir sa ki paret konman en pye kanabis konman son senbol e met lo son lafis elektoral. Konman sa i paret sokan e petet menm kont lalwa, Seychelles NATION ti rod reaksyon tyermenn Komisyon Elektoral lo sa size.
I ti dir ki Msye Volcère in vin avek son senbol e in ganny aksepte, akoz ti napa okenn lobzeksyon kont sa ziska zour nominasyon.

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National Assembly election (September 8, 9 & 10)

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:48 am

National Assembly election (September 8, 9 & 10)

25-August-2016




SADC team on pre-election goodwill mission


A team from the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) is in Seychelles in relation to the National Assembly election which will take place on September 8, 9 and 10, 2016.
Yesterday, the SEAC mission had a meeting with representatives of the media in Seychelles – print, television and radio.
The meeting, which was attended by journalists from the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), Today in Seychelles and Seychelles NATION newspapers, took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport’s head office at the Maison Quéau de Quinssy.
The SEAC team comprise Judge John Billy Tendwa, Professor Gerhard Tötemeyer, Dr Mavis N. Matenge and M. Elijah Munyuki.
Professor Tötemeyer noted that they were here for the presidential election last December and that they now have a bit of background from last time so that they can compare.
“Your election will be very interesting. You constitution promotes democracy. I read carefully the court judgment on the objections by the opposition candidate with regard to last year’s presidential election. Democracy is alive in your country,” he said.
He said while here they will operate within the framework ‘SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections’, approved by all the 15 member countries.
“We are consultants not observers. We are one big family. We are ready for advice. We are here to have a constructive discussion with all electoral stakeholders, also the press and media,” said Professor Tötemeyer.
The SEAC mission had several questions for the media such as : What kind of contributions radio, television and newspapers make towards voters education? What about the objectivity of reporting? Are the people ready to exercise their democratic right to vote and did you (the media) urge them to go to the voting station? Do public media respect the times allocated to political parties? How much time do they have? What about the code of conduct for election media communication? Place given for voters’ education and civic duties in the media? What about the voice of the people? Certain media are polarised for certain groups or candidates? Do you have freedom of speech and are you free by your rights? Are you free, all of you?
Each media representative answered for his/her house and the discussions that followed turned out to be a fruitful debate and exchanges.
The team were told that the media in Seychelles have different ways of working, are different organisations and have different financing plans.
Each of them is aware of its role and responsibilities with regard to informing the population.
It was agreed that Seychelles, as a small island with specific socio-economic issues, needs to have more voters’ education.

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National Assembly election 2016 - Delegation leaves to oversee ballot printing

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:21 pm

National Assembly election 2016 - Delegation leaves to oversee ballot printing

27-August-2016


Representatives of the different political parties that will be contesting the National Assembly election leave today for South Africa to oversee the printing of ballot papers.
The seven-man delegation includes representatives from the three main political parties contesting the forthcoming election, namely Parti Lepep (PL), Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM), Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) and the three independent candidates.
Election Commission chairman Hendrick Gappy is heading the delegation.
Parti Lepep is being represented by Wilson Joseph, Seychelles Patriotic Movement by Vincent Larue, Linyon Demokratik Seselwa by Roy Fonseka, independent candidate for Anse Ax Pins Danny Sopha by Tina Pierre, independent candidate for Mont Buxton Georgie Prudence by himself and independent candidate for Au Cap Ralph Volcère by Steve Payet.
Apart from overseeing the design and printing of the ballot papers, the representatives of the National Assembly candidates will also choose the security seal which will make it counterfeit-proof and oversee the packaging of the ballot papers.
Once in Seychelles, the ballot papers will be put in a safe place under strict security until the election slated for September 8, 9 and 10.
The delegation is expected back in the country on Wednesday August 31.
More than 71,000 voters are eligible to vote in the September 8, 9 and 10 election which is costing the country more than R6 million.
Nomination day for the legislative election was on August 17, 2016.
Meanwhile, a fourth political party, Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD), which had already registered its candidates for the election was barred from taking part after the Supreme Court decided this week that the political party should be taken off the official register.
Supreme Court Judge Durai Karunakaran gave the Electoral Commission 24 hours to comply with a court order upholding a previous ruling prohibiting the registration of both Linyon Sanzman and Lafors Sosyal Demokratik as political parties as well as prohibiting the commission from accepting, approving or registering nomination of candidates submitted by both parties.
The judge’s orders were in response to two petitions lodged before the court by opposition coalition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS).
The petitioner had asked for a ‘judicial review’ of the Electoral Commission’s decision to register Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD) as a political party, arguing that the name Lafors Sosyal Demokratik “is identical or so nearly resembles the name of Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS).”
In the case of Linyon Sanzman the petition was submitted a day after the Electoral Commission had informed the party’s leader Martin Aglaé that he could use the name which was the subject of a previous case heard by Judge Bernardin Renaud.
A coalition formed by members of four opposition parties now known as Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) who had planned to register the name Linyon Sanzman as the banner under which they would contest the upcoming National Assembly election had submitted a petition before the Supreme Court to contest the registration of their planned name by another political group.
It is not clear if Linyon Sanzman leader Martin Aglaé and Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD) head Jimmy Gabriel will appeal the decision.
The Seychelles National Assembly consists of 32 members of which 25 are directly elected representing the 25 electoral districts in the country. Seven are proportionately elected.
The ruling party has won a majority in the assembly since the establishment of the Third Republic, which saw the return of a multi-party system in 1993.
In the last elections, all 25 directly elected seats were won by Parti Lepep which also holds six of the seven proportionately elected seats.
Franchesca Monnaie, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly from the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), currently holds the seventh proportional seat in the house.
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) was the only contender alongside Parti Lepep in 2011 as the main opposition parties boycotted the election.
Parliamentary polls in Seychelles are held every five years. The last election took place between September 29 and October 1, 2011.

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Local observer group calls for fair, free and peaceful election

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:17 pm

Local observer group calls for fair, free and peaceful election

29-August-2016

The Association for Rights Information and Democracy (Arid) has launched its observer mission for Ms Sofola Bristol addressing the gathering at the launch ceremonythe forthcoming National Assembly election, calling for a fair, free and peaceful election.
The launch took place on Saturday in the conference room of the Citizens Engagement Platform, Orion Mall.
The local election observer mission is based on the African Union charter on democratic elections in Africa.
“We wish the citizens a fair, free and peaceful election. As local election observer, we will observe the process and the exercise of the right to vote. Peace, security and stability for Seychelles!”said the Arid team leader and vice-chairman, Damien Mougal.
Arid spokesperson Jules Hoareau thanked the management body for this process.
He noted that they also observe rallies, media, citizens’ views and Facebook page.
“In line with international standards, Arid will conduct a free, peaceful and secure observation. We are here to offer a balance, an assessment and to encourage the voters. So, be fair, have a good competition and please, no violence! Best practices will allow us to assess the electoral processes for the benefit of Seychellois,” he said.
Arid chairperson Lucianne Sofola Bristol, urged the media to report objectively. “In accordance with the African Union charter and SADC, we met all the national and international stakeholders and the media. All of us must exercise professionalism so as to have a credible electoral process. To conclude, Arid wishes our people a fair and peaceful election. We look forward to an election in an atmosphere of peace, security and stability,” she insisted.

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National Assembly election 2016 - Ballot papers arrive

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National Assembly election 2016 - Ballot papers arrive

01-September-2016

Ballot papers for the September 8-10 National Assembly election arrived in the country yesterday evening from South Africa where they were printed.
The printing of the ballot papers was overseen by a delegation headed by the chairman of the Electoral Commission Hendrick Gappy and included representatives from the three main political parties contesting the forthcoming election, namely Parti Lepep (PL), Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM), Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) and the three independent candidates.
Parti Lepep was represented by Wilson Joseph, Seychelles Patriotic Movement by Vincent Larue, Linyon Demokratik Seselwa by Roy Fonseka, independent candidate for Anse Aux Pins Danny Sopha by Tina Pierre, independent candidate for Mont Buxton Georgie Prudence by himself and independent candidate for Au Cap Ralph Volcère by Steve Payet.
The delegation was welcomed on arrival by the chief electoral officer Joseph Athanasius.

Speaking after overseeing the unloading of the ballot papers at the Seychelles International Airport, the political parties’ representatives all expressed satisfaction with the way the printing procedures went and all the security measures were taken at the printing company in South Africa.
“I am in general very satisfied to have had the opportunity to witness the process. It’s my first experience and we witnessed all the different stages of the process which took place in great transparency,” Mr Prudence said.
For Mrs Pierre, also on her first experience, the delegation did good team work.
“I am satisfied because we all worked as a team,” she said.
“The teamwork was really good, everything was clear and everybody cooperated to ensure we were all satisfied of the process which we all witnessed,” Mr Larue added.
Mr Joseph said: “We are all satisfied; we have successfully completed the work we had been tasked to do and now it remains for the Electoral Commission to do the rest. Security was excellent with new printing machines and we are really satisfied.”
For his part Mr Payet also confirmed that the printing process went well.
“We have successfully completed only a small part of the election process to the required standard as was requested of us and we are satisfied,” he said.
Mr Fonseka added that the printing process was a simple one and the team is satisfied, “but security matters should also be ensured from the first day voting starts”, he stressed.
For his part Mr Gappy also agreed that the process went well and he commended members of the delegation for the great team work.
He noted that the process went more smoothly and faster as the company has introduced more modern printing technologies.
“We have printed seventy-three thousand four hundred (73,400) ballot papers,” Mr Gappy said.
This represents around 2% more than the 71,000 people eligible to vote and will cater for any damages.
Mr Gappy said apart from the ballot papers some one and a half tonnes of other equipment required for the election will arrive in the country later this week.
Once in Seychelles, the ballot papers will be put in a safe place under strict security until the election.

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National Assembly election - Electoral officers brought up to date with rules and procedures

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:50 pm

National Assembly election - Electoral officers brought up to date with rules and procedures

03-September-2016

The Electoral Commission of Seychelles organised a training workshop yesterday for electoral officers who will be working for the National Assembly election 2016.
The objectives for this half-day workshop was to ensure that all officers are up to date with regulations and procedures to be used in the National Assembly election next week, to refresh for the purposes of consistency and uniformity, the electoral process and management of polling stations as well as ensuring harmony in all polling station practices, from pre-polling to delivery of all post-poll materials.
Over 60 officers earmarked to manage the 25 polling stations and 14 special polling stations and police officers attended the workshop at the STC conference room which took place from 9am to 2pm.
They actively took part in group work to review and prepare layout plans for their respective stations and agendas for briefing of staff and polling agents.
The electoral officers were presented with checklist, handbook and code of conducts as reference materials.
They had the opportunity to clarify pertinent issues and make suggestions to improve the management of polling stations to ensure a smooth and effective voting process.
The workshop was facilitated by staff of the Electoral Commission secretariat and members of the Commission.
In his opening address the chairman of the Electoral Commission, Hendrick Gappy, emphasised that “training of election officials is not only critical and essential, but also central to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections”.
“It is a fact that with sound training and good orientation, you will ensure that the conduct of elections conforms to international benchmarks that will produce transparent and acceptable outcomes,” he told the officers.
“With the right training you will make the Electoral Commission a stronger democratic institution that will work for the benefit of all citizens,” he added.

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National Assembly election 2016 - SADC launches observer mission

03-September-2016


The South African Development Community (SADC) has officially launched its observer mission for the legislative election which will be held from September 8-10, 2016.
Before the current mission which consists of 19 observers from eight of the organisation’s 15 member states, SADC had already sent a preparatory mission from its Advisory Council, from August 24 to 26.
While launching what he called an “important mission” at the Avani Hotel yesterday afternoon, head of mission Dr Augustine Mahiga remarked that the preparatory mission which will reinforce its report at the end of the current one has permitted to take note of issues raised by different stakeholders in the preparations to the election.
Dr Mahiga, who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tanzania, added that observation of past elections has also generally provided evidence-based reports which have resulted in offering advice to member states.
He stated that he and his team are already informed that the local Electoral Commission which has invited them has taken necessary measures to organise credible elections as laid down by SADC principles, policy and guidelines governing elections
While he has commanded the authorities to create the necessary conditions for the organisation of these elections, he has however asked the political leadership to play the essential role necessary for them to be managed in a free and fair manner.
He has also called on the population to equally take its responsibility. While asking all political parties to accept the results, Dr Mahiga has appealed to all Seychellois to in case of disputes, follow the principles as laid down by the Laws of the land.

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National Assembly Election

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National Assembly Election

03-September-2016
‘Ile Perseverance residents can only vote for reps of their district of origin,’ Constitutional Court rules

In a judgment delivered yesterday morning, the Constitutional Court of Seychelles declared that voters who are residents of Ile Perseverance will only be able to vote for a representative of the district in the electoral area where they are registered originally.
All voters of Ile Perseverance are being encouraged by the Electoral Commission to exercise their right to choose a candidate for their district of origin during voting which will take place on September 8 at the Ile Perseverance primary school from 7am to 4pm.
Any voter who for one reason or another do not vote on that day can always do so on September 10 when the majority of voters go to the polls, but then they will have to do so in the electoral area where their names are registered.
The Court’s judgment follows a petition filed by Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) challenging amendments to the Election Act which came into effect in June stating these as unconstitutional as they contravene Article 24 of the Constitution which contains the right to vote.
The Elections (Amendment) Act 13 of 2016 (“the Amendment Act”), introduced changes to section 12 of the Elections Act. Specifically it stated at section 2(a) that where a new electoral area had been published but not yet in
force:
- the voters in that new district could vote in their previous registered districts,
- persons who had attained the age of 18 may register as a voter in the electoral area of his or her last known residence, and
- Seychellois citizens living abroad may register to vote in their electoral area where they resided before leaving to reside abroad.
Furthermore, at section 2(b) the Amendment Act provided that where an electoral area was created, it would be required to hold an election to fill its seat in the National Assembly within 1 year of the district being created.
This case arose out of the question of where and when the residents living in Ile Perseverance would be permitted to vote in the upcoming election to appoint the National Assembly which will be held this month. The Constitution provides in section 116(5) that when a new electoral district is created it only can come into effect from the day immediately following the dissolution of the National Assembly. The dissolution of the National Assembly happens automatically upon the completion of its 5 year mandate, or on the day following the announcement of the results of an election to appoint National Assembly members. This means that Ile Perseverance will become an electoral area on the day after the announcement of the results of the National Assembly election to be held this month.
Under this Amendment Act a representative for Ile Perseverance would need to be appointed to the National Assembly within 1 year.
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (the Petitioner in this case, ‘LDS’) brought the case to the Constitutional Court stating that the Amendment Act would permit the people on Ile Perseverance to vote twice in the same National Assembly –
first, in their previous electoral areas, and second, for their own representative within 12 months of the electoral area being created. LDS argued that this violated the principle of “one man, one vote” implicit in the structure of the
Constitution and the Article 24 right to “universal and equal suffrage”. They asked the Constitutional Court to find that the provisions of the Amendment Act were unconstitutional.
The government argued in response that the provisions of the Act were precisely to ensure that the residents of Ile Perseverance were not disenfranchised in this upcoming election. It was designed to clarify that they would be allowed to vote in their previous districts until such time as their own electoral area was in existence, at which stage they would be permitted to elect their own representative.
The Attorney General argued that the general election would be a different election from the election to elect the representative for Perseverance and therefore not in violation of the one man, one vote principle.
In a unanimous judgment of the Court, Justices Burhan, Nunkoo and Vidot held that section 2(a) of the Amendment Act was constitutional, but section 2(b) of the Amendment Act was unconstitutional. In getting to its finding, the Court considered that the law in the Constitution is clear that Ile Perseverance is only created as an electoral area after the conclusion of the election of the National Assembly. Furthermore, the Constitution creates three types of elections (Article 113 of the Constitution)– presidential, national assembly and referendum. The National Assembly may be elected by general election (Art 79(1)) or by by-election (Art 79(2)). Since this is in the context of the National Assembly appointments, the constitutional provisions for a by-election cannot apply to a new electoral area, and so the Court found that the newly created seat in the National Assembly which is created when Ile Perseverance becomes an electoral area will only exist in the next National Assembly, not for the purposes of this current election.
This is how it is envisaged by the constitutional framework. Therefore the Court could not permit an election for the Ile Perseverance electoral area until the next general election in five years’ time.

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Opinion - A telescopic view of Seychelles beyond the September National Assembly election

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:57 pm

Opinion - A telescopic view of Seychelles beyond the September National Assembly election

03-September-2016
I have before me the 20th page of today’s Seychelles NATION (Thursday September 1, 2016) dedicated to ‘World News’. After reading this page, I have become perturbed concerning the future of our country beyond the September 8-10, 2016 National Assembly election following a long campaign of different parties in an atmosphere of relative tension.
The national mood is rather controversial with different players engaged in personal insults. My prayer is that we come out of it less divided as a nation and more committed to the national interest but I am not too optimistic considering what is going on in the wider world today.
The first article on that page is headed, ‘Maldives issues arrest warrant for ex-President Nasheed.’ I still remember well in December 2005 when I received an invitation from the Maldivian Democratic Party to deliver a keynote address at the Party’s congress in Malé. At that time, Abdul Gayoom had ruled the Maldives as President for three decades. But soon after the introduction of multi-party democracy, the archipelago’s new Democratic Party leader Mohamed Nasheed was placed under house arrest.
Personally committed to respect the Structure of State, as established, I had a meeting with the then Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patrick Pillay, in order to officially inform the government of President Gayoom that I had accepted the invitation to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic Party’s congress, but I was mindful, first of all, to pay a courtesy call on President Gayoom.
On the day I arrived in Malé, I was greeted by the Chief Protocol Officer of the government as well as a delegation representing the Maldivian Democratic Party. That day I learned that President Gayoom had agreed to meet with me before the convention and that the organisers of the convention wanted me to intervene on their behalf for Gayoom to allow Nasheed to attend the opening ceremony of his Party’s congress although he was under ‘house arrest.’ As a matter of fact, Gayoom agreed to my plea and Nasheed was allowed to attend and to speak at his Party’s congress.
Several months later, I unexpectedly received an invitation from Nasheed to attend his swearing in ceremony in Malé as the first democratically-elected President of the Maldives. Sadly, I was otherwise committed and therefore not able to attend this historic event.
In the year 2009, I was invited to pay an official visit to the Maldives and this time, I was accompanied by Maître Philippe Boulle who was particularly interested to study the Maldivian offshore banking system and to meet Maldivian bankers and lawyers who had specialised in this area.
That was the last time that I visited the Maldives but I did meet President Nasheed when he and his delegation paid an official visit to Seychelles in 2011, when invited by President James Michel to be the official guest at the 8th Indian Ocean Island Games.
Well, much water has gone under the bridge of the Maldivian politics since President Nasheed came here. His opponents impeached him for sois-disant “illegally terminating the service of a judge in the High Court”. Subsequently, an election which was supposedly fair, saw the actual President Abdulla Yameen, who happens to be the half brother of former strongman Abdul Gayoom who ruled the Maldives dictatorially for many years, elected in office. Over recent months, Nasheed was granted political asylum in Britain and now Abdalla Yameen is calling upon the government of Sri Lanka to arrest former President Nasheed who had flown to Colombo from the United Kingdom to meet his supporters and allegedly to organise a coup to topple Yameen – all very, very confusing – all very, very messy!
The next article on this page is entitled ‘Gabon’s election results disputed as incumbent Ali Bongo is named victor.’ It is stated that Ali Bongo had won another term of office as President with 49.85 per cent of the votes and Monsieur Jean Ping had narrowly lost the election with 48.16 per cent after a fraught election which according to observers was likely to result into violence.
Well, while I have never met Ali Bongo, I have indeed met his father, Omar Bongo on several occasions when he attended meetings of La Francophonie as the ruler of this oil-rich African nation. As for Monsieur Jean Ping, he was until a few years ago the secretary-general of the African Union (AU). In fact, it was he who nominated me to represent the African Union as a witness to the Egyptian presidential election after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. That was the election won by President Mohamed Morsi of the Islamic Brotherhood Movement. President Morsi did not last long as President. Soon he found himself at loggerheads with the military and was deposed by the Egyptian Armed Forces in a coup d’etat on July 3, 2013, following massive protests calling for his resignation. His successor, as acting president, Adly Mansour, was the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt. On June 8, 2014, the military strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became President following the presidential election which had taken place on May 26-28, 2014. Today Mohamed Morsi is in a prison cell with some of his opponents calling for his execution – well this is just another example of the political ‘messiness’ characterising many nations in Africa today.
However, political messiness is today the order of the day all over the world. Just let us consider the political saga taking place in the USA between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Let us look at Latin America where the people of Venezuela is calling for a new government and in Brazil where an hostile Senate has impeached the first lady President. Let us get closer to home and take notice to what is going on in the political world of Mauritius, Madagascar and the Comoros. Let us not forget about the mess in the Middle East generally and in Syria in particular. Let us not overlooked the attempt of a group of military officers in Turkey to take over the country by force. Let us think about what is happening in the Philippines where President Rodrigo Duterte has summarily executed over 1,000 drug addicts and drug pushers with several thousand of these now overcrowding the jails of Manila and other cities. Not to forget to reflect on the recent election in South Africa and the turmoil which is brewing down there.
Well, against this background of political messiness prevailing in our world today – we can only hope and pray that beyond our National Assembly election 2016, our leaders and political figures will find the goodwill to solve the problems of wounded pride and to actively engage the population in drying the water in which hate swim today. Dialogue and engagement are the only possible way to success, however impossible it may seem. Let us all be determined to move forward not with instruments of external power but with the instruments of internal power – i.e. love, unselfishness and a passion for the people of Seychelles to enjoy a future of happiness, peace and prosperity. After all, does not our national anthem proclaim –
“Seychelles, our only motherland
Where we live in harmony
Happiness, love and peace
We give thanks to God……
Live forever in unity
Raise our flag
Together for all eternity
Join together all Seychellois.”
Let us be determined to put into practice what we preach.
Room for very, very, very serious thoughts.

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National Assembly election 2016 - Voting starts tomorrow at special polling stations

Post  Sirop14 on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:37 am

National Assembly election 2016 - Voting starts tomorrow at special polling stations

07-September-2016
Some 4,000 registered voters are expected to cast their votes in special polling stations around the A voter casting his vote in a special station at the English River school meal centre in a past electioncountry including the outlying islands tomorrow and Friday because for different reasons they will not be able to do so in their respective electoral area on the main polling day on Saturday September 10.
Voting for the National Assembly election starts tomorrow and will continue on Friday and Saturday.
Chief electoral officer Joseph Athanasius said yesterday that voters who are to vote at the special stations are being encouraged to do so and those are people who would be working on the main polling day, those travelling on September 8, 9 and 10, those working in essential services, those on remand at Montagne Posée prison, voters from inner islands and voters residing on Ile Persévérance.
Mr Athanasius is urging all organisations to allow their employees time to go and cast their votes.
He added that all the logistics are ready for the election to take place.
“The preparations are going very well and are in the final stages and we have everything sorted out,” Mr Athanasius said.
He said the Electoral Commission will today be holding its final meeting with polling agents and all other officers working with the election.
Altogether, 71,932 people are eligible to vote in this election according to the revised voter register of the Election Commission. Out of the total of 71,932, 36,471 are females and 35,461 males.
Anse Etoile has the biggest voter population of 4,126 (2,112 females and 2,014 males) and Roche Caïman has the lowest of 1,972 (1,092 females and 880 males). The accompanying table shows the number of voters in all 25 districts.
Voting will take place tomorrow at special stations as follows:
• Inner islands and electoral areas on Praslin (in respect of voters present on Mahé) – National House (Ex National Assembly Hall) from 7am to 12 noon;
• All electoral areas (in respect of voters residing and temporarily working on Silhouette and Ile du Nord) – Silhouette polling station from 9am to 1pm;
• All electoral areas (in respect of voters present on Farquhar, Ile du Nord, Ile du Sud, Manahas Nord, Manahas Milieu, Manahas Sud, Ile aux Goelettes Lapins, Deposes, Bancs de Sable, Providence, St Pierre) – Farquhar polling station from 10.30am to 11am;
• All electoral areas (in respect of voters present on Desroches, Bancs Africans, Ile du Sud Poivre, Florentin) – Desroches polling station from 4pm to 5pm;
• All electoral areas (in respect of voters present on Coetivy) – Coetivy polling station from 10.15am to 11.30am;
• All electoral areas (in respect of voters present on Platte) – Platte polling station from 2pm to 2.30pm;
• All electoral areas (in respect of voters present on Alphonse, Bijoutier, St François) – Alphonse polling station from 2pm to 2.30pm;
• All electoral areas (in respect of voters present on Darros, St. Joseph, Ile aux Fouquets, Ressource, Petite Carcassaye, Grande Carcassaye, Benjamin, Banc Ferrari, Chiens, Pelican, Vars, Ile Paul, Banc du Sable, Banc aux Cocos, Ile aux Poules, Desnoeufs) – Darros polling station from 10.45am to 11.45am;
• All electoral areas (in respect of voters present on Remire) – Remire polling station from 2pm to 2.30pm;
• All electoral areas of Mahé and Inner Islands (in respect of persons temporarily residing on Praslin for employment reasons) – Baie Ste Anne primary school multipurpose hall from 7am to 4pm;
• All electoral areas (in respect of persons residing at the North East Point Home for the Elderly and patients of the North East Point hospital) – North East Point Home for the Elderly polling station from 8am to 12 noon;
• All electoral areas (in respect of persons employed in essential services who will be on duty away from their electoral area on the date of election and for persons travelling on September 8, 9 and 10, 2016) – English River polling station from 7am to 4pm;
• All electoral areas (in respect of persons residing at Ile Persévérance) – Ile Persévérance polling station, primary school dining hall from 7am to 4pm;
• All electoral areas (in respect of persons on remand) – Montagne Posée prison polling station from 8am to 12 noon.

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Case of irregularities during December presidential election:

Post  Sirop14 on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:45 am

Case of irregularities during December presidential election:

07-September-2016
Four citizens lose right to vote

Four Seychellois citizens have lost their right to vote and are now not eligible to vote in the legislative election which starts tomorrow.
Unless the decision is eventually quashed by the Court of Appeal, they will not be eligible to vote in any election for the next five years.
This after the Constitutional Court has ruled that their names should be sent to the Electoral Commission to be struck off the voters’ register, after irregularities committed during last December’s presidential election.
The four persons are the Deputy Chief of the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces Colonel Clifford Roseline, Colonel Simon Dine, head teacher of La Rosière School Meryl Botsoie and businessman James Lesperance.
The judgment from the three sitting Judges – Chief Justice Mathilda Twomey and Justices Crawford Mckee and Dan Akiiki-Kiiza – noted that the three civil servants had abused on their position by influencing their subordinates during office hours. As for Mr Lesperance, he had been accused of buying identity cards from potential voters.
Two other persons, chairman of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) Captain David Savy and army Deacon Louis Agathine have been found not guilty in the same case.

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Election législative 2016 - La démocratie parlementaire en marche

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:14 am


Election législative 2016 - La démocratie parlementaire en marche

Les Seychellois ont commencé à voter hier dans le cadre de l’élection législative qui continue aujourd’hui et demain et qui donnera au pays un nouveau parlement.
En tout, 71 932 électeurs sont enregistrés pour participer à cette échéance électorale qui se déroule sous l’œil attentif des observateurs locaux et régionaux. Outre Citizens Democracy Watch Seychelles (CDWS) et Association for Rights information and Democracy (ARID), des missions de l’Union Africaine (l’UE) et de la Communauté Economique de l’Afrique Australe (SADC) sont également présentes.
Un total de 34 députés sera choisi à l’issue de ce scrutin à un seul tour : 25 élus directement et neuf autres ayant leur ticket sur la base du suffrage proportionnel. Dans les trois partis présentant des candidats – Parti Lepep (PL), Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM) et Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) – chacun se verra donc attribuer un siège pour chaque 10% de voies obtenu à l’échelle nationale.
A noter que trois candidats indépendants contestent également l’élection, dans les districts d’Anse aux Pins, d’Au Cap et de Mont Buxton.
Les élections se sont déroulées hier dans 13 stations spéciales sur les îles principales de Mahé et Praslin, ainsi qu’à Silhouette et dans les îles éloignées de Farquhar, Desroches, Coetivy, Platte, Alphonse, Darros et Rémire. A Mahé, une station spéciale était ouverte au School Meal Centre de Rivière Anglaise pour les employés de services d’urgences et sécuritaires qui travailleront pendant le jour de vote principal demain, ou ceux qui seront de voyage. Les habitants de Praslin et La Digue temporairement à Mahé ont quant à eux pu exercer leur droit civique à la National House.
Pour les habitants de l’Ile Persévérance dont le district deviendra circonscription électorale seulement après l’élection du nouveau parlement, ils ont pu voter dans la station spéciale installée à leur école primaire, pour le candidat de leur choix dans leur district d’origine. Pour ceux préférant faire le déplacement dans le district où ils sont enregistrés et qui n’ont pas voté hier, ils auront le choix de le faire samedi.
Pour les habitants de Mahé travaillant à Praslin, La Digue et dans les îles avoisinantes comme Curieuse et Félicité, ils ont pu voter dans une autre station spéciale, à l’Ecole Primaire de Baie Sainte Anne, à Praslin. Une station était également ouverte à la Prison de Montagne Posée pour les détenus en garde à vue et à l’Hôpital d’Anse Nord-est pour les malades et personnes âgées qui y résident. Cette dernière station quoique lente dans le déroulement électoral, fut en elle-même symbole de démocratie en marche. Car, même les plus malades et âgés ont pu voter, si nécessaire avec l’aide d’un agent électoral et d’un témoin.
A noter aussi que, toujours démocratie oblige, une personne n’a droit de porter assistance aux votants à seulement deux occasions. Les responsables de bureau de vote ont néanmoins parfois fait preuve de flexibilité, par exemple en faisant voter ceux dont le nom était absent de leur liste mais apparaissait sur le registre central. Ils s’y sont ainsi procéder parfois après consultation avec les représentants de partis présents.
Tous les présidents de bureau de vote qu’on a pu interrogés se sont dits en général satisfaits du bon déroulement du scrutin. Même si celui de Rivière Anglaise Michel Mellie s’est plaint du départ un peu tardif du matériel du bureau de la Commission Electorale à la Bibliothèque Nationale – peu après cinq heures du matin – seul le bureau de la prison n’a pu être ouvert à l’heure prévue. Les détenus ont du commencer à exercer leur droit avec vingt minutes de retard, car un paquet de bulletin était resté au bureau de la Commission et a du être transporté d’urgence à Montagne Posée.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250973

National Assembly election 2016 - ‘Voting off to smooth start’
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250972

National Assembly election 2016 - 63 people on remand cast their votes
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250971

Smooth voting process on Silhouette
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250970

Ramkalawan was spared by Court of Appeal
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=250968

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Results

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:08 pm

What I heard LDS will win 16 seats and Lepep 9 seats.

I do not believe that LDS win Cascade and Grand Anse Praslin.

Now confirm LDS win 12 seats and Lepep win 5

Confirm LDS taken Anse Boileau, Bel Air, Glacis, Les Mamelles, Mont Fleuri, St. Louis


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In is in the Aljezeera TV news. The Seychelles Opposition has won the National Assembly election.

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:29 am

In is in the Aljezeera TV news. The Seychelles Opposition has won the National Assembly election.


"Congratulations Seychelles !! 15-10 wow. Noun sok nou prop lekor. We have finally done it. And to top it all off, we have all heard all the tricks LP pulled before and during the elections. If there were non of those we could have even made it to 20-5. Let us celebrate in peace. LDS Sesel . Mersi pou vot byen. Mersi pou vot pozitiv."


After 39 years under SPUP, SPPF and Parti Lepep the Opposition in Seychelles has won the National Assembly 15 elected plus 4 proportional 19 representative and Parti Lepep 10 elected seats plus 4 proportional 14 representatives.

Seychelles: l'opposition remporte les élections législatives

http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/seychelles-l-opposition-remporte-les-elections-legislatives-11-09-2016-2067528_24.php

First win in four decades for Seychelles opposition LDS
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37331772


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Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) remporte les élections législatives aux Seychelles

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:47 am

Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) remporte les élections législatives aux Seychelles

Victoria Seychelles | September 11, 2016, Sunday @ 06:09 in En français » POLITIQUE | By: Rassin Vannier | Views: 1141
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) remporte les élections législatives aux Seychelles
Les supporteurs du LDS celebrent la victroire de la parti aux elections legislatives (Rassin Vannier Seychelles News Agency)

(Seychelles News Agency) - La coalition de l’opposition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) a remporté les élections législatives qui ont eu lieu aux Seychelles archipel de l’Océan Indien les 8, 9 et 10 septembre.
C’est vers 4h00 du matin que la Commission électorale a annoncé les résultats, le LDS obtient 15 des 25 districts, obtenant pour la première fois la majorité à l’Assemblée nationale.
Le parti au pouvoir Lepep n’a réussi à conserver que 10 sièges à l’Assemblée Nationale.
D’après la Commission électorale le LDS recueille 49.65% des voix contre 49.28% pour Lepep.
Les deux partis politiques seront qualifiés pour avoir 4 candidats à la proportionnelle.
C’est la première fois que l’opposition remporte la majorité au parlement seychellois depuis le retour du multiparti en 1993.
« Les résultats que vient d’annoncer la Commission électorale sont historiques pour notre pays, et je ressens une certaine fierté » a dit Roger Mancienne leader politique du LDS.
L’opposition fait son retour à l’Assemblée nationale après avoir décidé de boycotter les élections législatives de 2011.
Le LDS a promis de travailler dans l’intérêt du peuple seychellois.
De son côté le président James Michel a reconnu la défaite de son parti tout en appelant au respect des autres.
Le président James Michel qui a concédé sa défaite a bien accueilli la proposition du LDS de travailler pour le bien-être du peuple seychellois en mettant de côté les divisions politiques.
« Je suis content d’entendre que l’opposition est prête à se joindre au gouvernement pour mettre en avant ces valeurs pour que notre pays puisse continuer de progresser » a dit James Michel président des Seychelles.
Des groupes supporteurs du parti LDS ont laissé éclater leur joie après l’annonce des résultats en paradant dans les rues de victoria.
- See more at: http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/5894/Linyon+Demokratik+Seselwa+LDS+remporte+les+lections+lgislatives+aux+Seychelles#sthash.XUXEzN1H.dpuf

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Re: Eleksyon lezislativ 2016:

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:49 am

This morning Historic events,  after near 40 years a big help if we had somebody we could dictate and the person would note/type and edit. We will try and do the best -

In the first place a very good Sunday to our Community and Families and the many church Institutions who have helped and worked relentless by our side for some 40 years to pray and bring about changes in Seychelles and the Indian ocean.

In as much as the social media have two side/aspect - the positive use and negative use - the many from our beloved nation,  their respective comments and feeling, joy this Sunday morning - those who will be going to Church/Mass and special function and event.

President FA Rene and J A Michel did not build - take us this far on  stupidity - meaning the need to be focus. As   the Opposition  get down to celebrate after 40 years of frustration, pain and suffering and great loss  - some of these affecting these families and persons for life.

The Seychelles have become known and unique because of their understanding and way of appreciating things - From this protective that brought about those who have made that much effort to be their friend and work with them.

The monitors and Observers will soon leave our country and their report expected.

We listened to the speech of Mr Roger Mancienne  Leader of LDS and President J A Michel and the media,  nobody as much paid or gave credit to the EU Institutions for their unique role. Mr Christopher Gill should be aware and he has gone far too quiet. What really happened that got him to start that Political party of his and his mega battle and the boycott issues.

The confrontation revolved around abuse and corruption. In particularly that SIROP program today worth Some $5 billion how it energized a vast amount of our economic issues and the region and those who choose to invent and write false argument.

After the global meltdown in-spite of those who drummed Seychelles was doing exceptionally well on the back of that program and other important issues we manage. The USA/White House knowledge - we began pressing the EU high officials,  for a small  nation or Community in EU to write and state this,  they must have very unique properties.  Their respective reaction that things were not quite right in Seychelles and EU capacity.  These sets of situation, pressure led Mr Pat Pillay Ex Minister to come forward and become engage - these began with  the many broadcast about corruption  and they were small corruption topics.

From this prospective  and the view of the EU high parties and African Union that that SIROP program needed to be reworked and reappraised - the impact on EU, Russia and Africa Politic and Economy.  the Momentum and synergy to/which drove, inspired former Minister Pat Pillay in his en-devours and aspiration. Leading in Particular to the Presidential election and the outcome and the subsequent Court debacle and media thematic.

Much more important in the back ground the many EU and Europe personalities who have in their diplomatic approach contributed and supported positive changes, Benchmark and the many thematic we have presented and addressed.

From this prospective and by all standard - it should have been mentioned in the speech of Mr Roger Mancienne and President J A Michel. Given that they have not we have written about it this morning and the world can read it if they so wish.

Way back in 1986 - Mr Gerard Hoareau was very much alive and the many Opposition factions  lobby/argued for the best regional working of the Indian Ocean the EU best serve our purpose and objective and those who opposed and dislike our stand.  Over the past 25 years EU very important contribution to our democratic process and many other economic and scientific issue.

We have also  stated that SIROP program impacted and influence the Britexit debacle and argument and with a Britain out of Europe how we advance and rework those thematic.

There is a good percentage in Seychelles who understand and have studied the content of that SIROP program - then Cold War and today's global situation - what happened then was that those many leading EU and world heads of state took stock of the situation and put something very unique together which would impact the world fundamentally and now having it written and broadcast - the many covert aspects of that SIROP program - 25 years on,  the world have changed a great deal and many of the objectives set not attained and the greed, and the corruption and the state of global politic and environment.

With the Opposite in the national Assembly their is no excuse for them not to set up a small committee and debate agenda  how best the National assembly can become engage and involved - already President JA Michel have  added and put in place many such committee well aware of those thematic and their receptive working. In the days of the old opposition  in the Assembly their attitude and lack of information - they have a good deal to  work with and chew. " It must be underlined the number of times we have communicated with the High Official of SNP that they do something, support our respective calls -  the outcome instead - yet that program had provided some of the important cement which made SNP,  SNP. Those who choose to ignore this - Mr Christopher Gill engagement, Event surrounding Mr St Ange his government appointment, then Mr David Pierre - those who battled that the current Opposition  platform be such, Private meetings, dialogue - it would be madness and utter reckless those who may choose to ignore those events in setting out the business /priorities of the new Assembly ".

To maintain the positive image of the uniqueness of our nation working in the region and the world - the need to be  honest and business like,  Start -  take the agenda and get the EU engage and committed - they have more resource and they do know what to do with.  There is a mega debate about the future of EU and direction - a half educated person will  soon note at the core of many EU important development have been much of that SIROP program in particular tho from France, Italy, Britain and the order of priority.  The truth be told if France is in the current situation and the EU exile/refugees mega challenge it is that SIROP program functionality.

In as much that the British Seychelles political parties combine did not make much headway in this election they have a unique role and responsibility - those who knew and know our British community politic and that SIROP program.

The Chinese, Russian, India very aware of this Program capacity and ability to drive some of the world economic thematic and developments - We started this thread stating we would have been glad to have  somebody to dictate and they edit and publish since we do not have this possibility,   have taken the step and written what we have and publishing and sharing them here -

One final word there are vast world working our nation and even leaders do not know how they work and why - President Obama,  the Seychelles Kenya friendship - you have kept your side of the bargain - the witnessing of the changes in that small, unique country  and one of the important reason you were elected to that High Office, the Baobab Tree will smile- the need /requirement that this positive direction continue. Those in China, Russia, Gulf Region and African Union well aware.

Last those who have written about President FA Rene legacy and the current woes of President J A Michel government his philosophy  and directive - Please take note,  the EU is busted or near busted because of lies and the distorted values those leaders, media  use to build this Europe - In Seychelles we are a small country almost like a small business - it would not be difficult to lay down the line of the fact and capacity of that program over the years and it role - there by not in 6 month the media and the people question their values and their foundation - unlike the Gulf Region,  they can put into place a program and deliver in 5 years,  we in Seychelles take 30 years and not event half way there.  Other economic agenda erupts and distract and cause confusions and those who are not focus lose sight and become confused.  The malfunction which ensues.




Note - 12/9/16, There is a wired, highly negative synergy - feed back, we are getting this Monday 12/9/16 from Seychelles - Inspite of the many Facebook comment and forum and news feed and those who can read access them and respond without anybody preventing/ stopping them including close relatives and those Christian entities.

The many officials and other personalities we have associated can read and react - Instead we are reliving the same situation as back in 1991/92 when multiparty returned and the very many we had helped, their lies and dishonesty and greed, double standard, they took all the credit and never gave us any credit - last time President FA Rene his police and other agents knew what they were up to he was not amused, because of the arrangement/agreement we had arrived at with that SIROP $800 million Program - this time he will say let them kill him for all he cares.

The Church in Seychelles many so call Democratic Institutions and the media, the NGO, they can read what we are writing. Our concern the people will be duped once again and a few hijack the situation, put/promote their agenda - yet those from the USA, Europe who had argued we/i should not get too deeply involved - this is the result/outcome -

Of course many remember the situation and event of 1991/1991, they have learnt new techniques, have become more corrupt, ruthless and cold blooded. Then the many dishonest Facebook remark and advises. Those ruthlessly applying that infernal satanic mechanism, rage, cjd and all the rest in the name of Freemason not Illuminati.

For this reason late last night we commented on a young person Facebook with the link and the story of Field Marshall John Okello of Zanzibar, What really took place and all those involved. Today we have the internet, we help/contributed important to its creation and its role and function in that Seychelles and the Region today - and the many who can read and research the story and incident.

In 1991 and today's Chief Justice Matilda Towmey her person then 1991 - the supposed bench mark of justice and those who serves and in Office - what we are experiencing and those involved. We also have that Ati Corruption Commission in Place. Those who serve the Justice - the many from the media and European ad other government and those from the Masonic entities who can read what we write today.


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National Assembly election – September 8-10, 2016

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:21 am

National Assembly election – September 8-10, 2016

12-September-2016
Opposition coalition victorious

There have been calls for unity and peace by both leaders after the opposition coalition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa won a majority in parliament by getting 15 direct seats compared to 10 for Parti Lepep.
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) leader Roger Mancienne described it a “historic victory” as Parti Lepep (formerly Seychelles People’s Progressive Front – SPPF) failed to win a majority for the first time since the return of multiparty democracy here in 1993.
The final results of the three days of voting were released by the Electoral Commission chairman Hendrick Gappy and were broadcast live on Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) TV in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday).
The winners of the 15 direct seats for Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) are Clifford André (Anse Aux Pins), Patrick Pillay (Anse Boileau), Ahmed Afif (Anse Etoile), Stephen Pillay (Au Cap), François Adelaide (Baie Lazare), John Hoareau (Beau Vallon), Norbert Loizeau (Bel Air), Nicholas Prea (Bel Ombre), Regina Esparon (Glacis), Wavel Woodcock (Grand Anse Praslin), Bernard Georges (Les Mamelles), Gervais Henrie (Mont Buxton), Jean-François Ferrari (Mont Fleuri), Clive Roucou (Plaisance) and Sandy Arrisol (St Louis).
Sylvanne Lemiel (Anse Royale), Churchill Gill (Baie Ste Anne), Charles De Commarmond (Cascade), Wilbert Herminie (English River), Waven William (Grand Anse Mahé), Noline Sophola (Inner Islands), Jude Valmont (Pointe Larue), Clifford Aglaé (Port Glaud), Audrey Vidot (Roche Caïman) and Paul Ernesta (Takamaka) are the winners of the 10 direct seats for Parti Lepep.
The majority of the 71,932 eligible voters headed to the polls on Saturday – the third day of voting – and statistics released by the Electoral Commission show the voter turnout at 62,939 representing 87% of the voters’ population. A total of 1,547 votes were rejected.
With a total of 30,444 votes (49.65%), LDS earned four proportionate seats in the assembly, the same number as Parti Lepep who totaled 30,218 votes (49.28%).
This means LDS, whose campaign theme was ‘Fer li OU lasanble’ (Make it YOUR assembly), will hold 19 seats in the sixth National Assembly while Parti Lepep will hold 14 seats.
LDS is a coalition of four parties – Seychelles National Party (SNP) led by Wavel Ramkalawan, Lalyans Seselwa (Seychellois Alliance) led by former Minister and Ambassador Patrick Pillay, the Seychelles Party for Social Justice and Democracy (SPSD) led by lawyer Alexia Amesbury and the Seychelles United Party (SUP) led by Robert Ernesta – as well as lawyer Phillip Boulle who has run for president as an independent candidate a number of times.
The coalition’s supporters took to the streets of Victoria immediately after the results were announced to celebrate the victory under a light shower.
As supporters of the different camps played a guessing game as ballot papers were being counted in the polling stations and contrasting news reaching almost everyone via the social media, the Electoral Commission did well to announce the provisional results as they started coming in. This was a first in a Seychelles election and it was well appreciated, but it was only after 4am that the Seychellois population got the official results after they have been double-checked.
Speaking after the announcement of the results, LDS leader Roger Mancienne said it is a “historic victory”.
“It’s historic because it’s the first time that we have a transition of power in one of the branches of government – the legislature,” said Mr Mancienne.
He added that the transition had occurred in a peaceful and orderly manner.
Seychelles President and Parti Lepep leader James Michel conceded his party's defeat, saying:
“The people have spoken, the people have decided and the people’s decision is supreme and my party respects the people’s opinion.”
As usual Mr Michel called on all political parties to celebrate in a peaceful manner and to respect each other’s opinion.
A third party – Seychelles Patriotic Movement – fielded candidates in 23 of the 25 electoral districts. They got 602 votes in total (…….0.98%) which is less than the 10% required for a proportional seat in the assembly.
Three independent candidates also contested the election in three districts – Anse Aux Pins (Danny Sopha, 78 votes), Au Cap (Ralph Volcère, 31 votes) and Mont Buxton (Georgie Prudence, 19 votes), but none of them have secured enough votes to be entitled any seats in parliament.
Electoral Commission chairman Hendrick Gappy thanked partners and stakeholders for having worked tirelessly to put in place the guidelines, regulations and logistics to conduct this election.
“This process necessitated an even better coordination, consultations and training of staff to ensure that all the requirements from existing, new legislation and ruling of the courts are adhered to,” said Mr Gappy, who added that they have received “good feedback in some electoral areas and some challenges from others in implementing the new voting initiative using alphabetical classification to guide voters through the process”.
He also noted that this election was another milestone in the democratic development of Seychelles as we noted “the emergence of new political parties and independent candidates as a sign that this democracy is evolving and more citizens are willing to participate and assume their rights and civic responsibilities”.
“We congratulate the candidates and look forward to an effective representation of their constituencies in the National Assembly,” concluded Mr Gappy.
Parti Lepep held all 25 directly elected seats in the fifth National Assembly and an additional seven proportionate seats after the main opposition party – Seychelles National Party (SNP) – boycotted the 2011 polls which were contested by only one opposition – the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM.

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Eleksyon Lasanble Nasyonal 2016 - Siporter LDS i selebre laviktwar zot parti
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National Assembly elections in the Third Republic
National Assembly elections in the Third Republic

12-September-2016
A trip down memory lane

Seychellois voted over three days – September 8, 9 and 10 – to elect their representatives for the sixth National Assembly of the Third Republic.
The first National Assembly of the Third Republic was voted in in 1993, followed by the second in 1998, the third in 2002, the fourth in 2007, the fifth in 2011 and the sixth in 2016.
This is in fact the 14th parliament since Seychellois received the right to vote in 1967. The first parliament was made up of only eight members representing eight districts and this increased to 15 in 1970. There were 25 parliamentarians in 1976, 33 in 1993 and 34 since 2002.
We take you on a trip down memory lane for a recount of the first five National Assembly elections of the Third Republic.

SPPF wins landslide victory in 1993
On Friday July 23, 1993, was held the first multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections of the Third Republic and the Seychelles People’s Progressive Party (SPPF) won landslide victories.
Albert Rene was elected for a first five-year term with 59.50% of the votes (25,627 out of over 43,500 voters) and he was sworn in as the first President in the Third Republic on Monday July 26, 1993.
SPPF got 27 members in the new 33-seat parliament after the party scored the highest number of votes in 21 out of the 22 constituencies. The party was allocated six additional seats under the proportional system.
The SPPF candidates who were directly elected were: Walter Confait (Anse Aux Pins), Andre Pool (Anse Boileau), Roger Toussaint (Anse Etoile), Barry Faure (Anse Royale), Ange Morel (Baie Lazare), Mitcy Larue (Baie Ste Anne), Marie-Louise Potter (Beau Vallon), Michael Rene (Bel Air), Charles de Commarmond (Cascade), Patrick Herminie (English River), Gilbert Barbier (Glacis), Waven William (Grand Anse Mahé), Michel Gardette (Grand Anse Praslin), Monica Figaro (Inner Islands), Simon Gill (Mont Buxton), Florence Benstrong (Mont Fleuri), Joevana Charles (Plaisance), Dick Esparon (Pointe Larue), Ginette Gamatis (Port Glaud), Bella Henderson (St Louis) and Theresa Marie-Jeanne (Takamaka).
The party’s six proportionate members were Danny Faure, Francis McGregor, Shelton Jolicoeur, Hugh Payet, Louis Gopal and Marie-Nella Azemia.
The polling closed the transition from the one-party democracy to political pluralism and for the first time in the history of Seychelles that three parties feature in the country’s parliament.
James Mancham of the Democratic Party won 15,815 votes (36.72%) in the Presidential election but in the legislative election his party won only one electoral area – Bel Ombre. Christopher Gill won the seat for the Bel Ombre district.
DP thus qualified for four additional seats under the proportional system and those went to James Mancham, Paul Chow, Daniel Belle and Georges Bibi.
United Opposition’s presidential candidate Philippe Boulle won 1,631 votes (3.79%) but his party did better in the legislative election, winning a total of 4,163 votes (9.71%) of the votes cast.
Wavel Ramkalawan took the National Assembly seat won by the United Opposition on a proportional basis. A party needed at least 9% of the total votes to qualify for a proportional seat.
Francis MacGregor was the Speaker and Shelton Jolicoeur the Deputy Speaker, while Danny Faure was the leader of government business. James Mancham was the leader of the opposition of the first National Assembly.

SPPF gets 24 direct seats in 1998
For the 1998 parliamentary elections held on March 21, 22 and 23, 25 directly elected seats were up for the taking – three more than at the last election in 1993. With the increase in the number of directly elected seats in the National Assembly the Constitution now catered for “not more than 10 members elected on the basis of the scheme of proportional representation”.
The SPPF took 24 of the 25 seats leaving only one for the United Opposition at St Louis.
The SPPF candidates who were directly elected were: Walter Confait (Anse Aux Pins), Andre Pool (Anse Boileau), Roger Toussaint (Anse Etoile), Barry Faure (Anse Royale), Bernard Valentin (Au Cap), Ange Morel (Baie Lazare), Mitcy Larue (Baie Ste Anne), Marie-Louise Potter (Beau Vallon), Georgie Nicette (Bel Air), Danny Loizeau (Bel Ombre), Charles de Commarmond (Cascade), Patrick Herminie (English River) Gilbert Barbier (Glacis), Waven William (Grand Anse Mahé), Karl Tamatave (Grand Anse Praslin), Monica Jawhary, formerly Figaro (Inner Islands), Brassel Adeline (Les Mamelles), Linda William (Mont Buxton), Louis Gopal (Mont Fleuri), Vincent Meriton (Plaisance), Dick Esparon (Pointe Larue), Ginette Gamatis (Port Glaud), Joevana Charles (Roche Caïman) and Bernie Marie (Takamaka).
The SPPF scores were over 50% in all districts except St Louis where it lost to the United Opposition’s candidate Wavel Ramkalawan.
The United Opposition overtook the Democratic Party in all districts except Baie Lazare and Glacis.
The National Assembly was now made up of 34 members, one more than the last session.
Together with the proportionally elected members, the SPPF got 30 seats (6 proportional for the 61.71% of the votes), three for the United Opposition (2 proportional for the 26.06% of the votes) and one for the Democratic Party (1 proportional for the 12.10% of the votes).
The proportional elected members for the SPPF were Francis MacGregor, Shelton Jolicoeur, Hugh Payet, Simon Gill, Florence Benstrong, Bella Henderson. Jean-Francois Ferrari and Anthony Derjacques were the members of the United Opposition, while Georges Bibi was the Democratic Party’s nominated MNA.
Francis MacGregor and Shelton Jolicoeur were re-elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker, while Patrick Herminie became the leader of government business and Wavel Ramkalawan the leader of the opposition.
In the presidential election ran simultaneously with the parliamentary election, the voters had to choose between three candidates: France Albert Rene of the SPPF, James Mancham of the Democratic Party and Wavel Ramkalawan of the United Opposition.
The candidature for each nominee included a running mate who was to automatically become the Vice-President when the person on whose tickets he/she was running wins the Presidential election.
Mr Rene’s running mate was James Michel, that for Mr Mancham was Danielle Belle and Mr Ramkalawan’s running mate was Annette Georges.
France Albert Rene was re-elected for another five-year-term with 31,048 votes (66.67%) of the 46,573 valid votes cast. Mr Ramkalawan got 9,098 votes (19.53%) and Mr Mancham 6,427 votes (13.80%) of the votes.

SPPF wins majority in 2002
The SPPF of President France Albert Rene won 18 of the 25 seats contested at the 2002 National Assembly election ran from December 4-6.
The opposition Seychelles National Party (SNP), winner of only one seat at the 1998 election, improved its tally to seven directly elected seats.
The SPPF won Anse aux Pins (Walter Confait), Anse Boileau (Andre Pool), Anse Etoile (Anne Marie Mathiot), Anse Royale (Barry Faure), Baie Lazare (Robert Georges), Au Cap (Daisy Rath), Baie Ste Anne (Mitcy Larue), Cascade (Charles de Commarmond), English River (Patrick Herminie), Grand Anse Mahé (Waven William), Grand Anse Praslin (Norbert Lepathy), Inner Islands (Ansley Constance), Mont Fleuri (Louis Gopal), Plaisance (Ivy Edmond), Port Glaud (Ginette Gamatis), Pointe Larue (Dick Esparon), Roche Caïman (Jeovana Charles) and Takamaka (Terrence Mondon).
The Seychelles National Party (SNP) leader Wavel Ramkalawan retained his St Louis seat while his party won six others – Bel Air (Alain St Ange), Bel Ombre (Nicholas Prea), Beau Vallon (Collin Dyer), Glacis (Regina Alcindor), Les Mamelles (Bernard Georges) and Mont Buxton (Gerald Julie).
The SPPF polled over 54 percent of the votes, meaning it got an additional five members on the proportionally elected basis as one proportionally elected seat is allocated for each 10 percent of votes won. They were Francis MacGregor, Shelton Joliceour, Simon Gill, Isabelle Joubert and Rukaiya Jumaye.
The SNP polled over 40 percent of the votes meaning it got four additional proportionally elected members – Hardy Lucas, Ebrona Brioche, David Pierre and Francis Cupidon.
The new National Assembly for the five years beginning in 2002 were made up of 34 members, 23 for the SPPF and 11 for the SNP.
The other main party contesting the election, the Democratic Party (DP) polled less than 10 percent of the votes and therefore did not qualify for a proportionally elected seat and was absent in the assembly.
The Social Democratic Alliance's sole candidate in the Beau Vallon district was also not elected.
The election was conducted smoothly and 87 percent of the electorate turned up. Both teams of observers from the La Francophonie and the European Parliament described the election as transparent and satisfactory.
The new National Assembly was sworn in on December 17, 2002 and the first item on the agenda was the debate on the 2003 Budget which had to be approved before the end of the year.
Francis MacGregor and Shelton Jolicoeur were re-elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker, while Patrick Herminie stayed as the leader of government business and Wavel Ramkalawan the leader of the opposition.

SPPF retains majority in 2007
The ruling SPPF retained its 23-seat majority in the National Assembly in 2007 after the party won 18 directly elected and five proportionate seats in the May 10-12 election with 56,2% of the 55,827 votes.
The Seychelles National Party (SNP) retained its 11 seats when seven of its candidates were voted in, also earning four proportionate seats. It garnered 43.8% of the votes.
There was a shift in the districts where the two parties’ candidates won, as Michel Marie of SPPF won in the Mont Buxton constituency which was formerly held by an SNP member of the National Assembly (MNA) – Gerald Julie.
SPPF also gained Glacis through MNA-elect David Payet, but the ruling party lost Mont Fleuri to Jean-François Ferrari of SNP and Anse Etoile which went to the opposition party’s leader Wavel Ramkalawan.
Both the parties fielded veteran and new candidates and the winners among SPPF’s newcomers were Joseph François who was the new MNA for Anse aux Pins, Terence Françoise (Anse Royale), Marc Naiken (Au Cap), Wilby Lucas (Baie Lazare), Michel Marie (Mont Buxton), Roy Nibourette (English River), David Payet (Glacis), Jeniffer Vel (Pointe Larue), Bernard Adonis (Plaisance) and Marc Volcère (Grand Anse Praslin).
SNP’s newcomers in the Assembly as elected MNAs were Norbert Loizeau (Bel Air) Jean-François Ferrari (Mont Fleuri) and Sandy Arissol (St Louis).
The 18 directly elected SPPF members were Joseph François (Anse Aux Pins), Andre Pool (Anse Boileau), Terrence Françoise (Anse Royale), Marc Naiken (Au Cap), Wilby Lucas (Baie Lazare), Mitcy Larue (Baie Ste Anne), Charles de Commarmond (Cascade), Roy Nibourette (English River), David Payet (Glacis), Waven William (Grand Anse Mahé), Marc Volcère (Grand Anse Praslin), Ansley Constance (Inner Islands), Michel Marie (Mont Buxton), Bernard Adonis (Plaisance), Jennifer Vel (Pointe Larue), Ginette Gamatis (Port Glaud), Jeovanna Charles (Roche Caïman) and Terrence Mondon (Takamaka).
SPPF’s proportionally elected members were Patrick Herminie, Marie-Louise Potter, Marie-Antoinette Rose, Vicky Thérésine and Clifford André.
The SNP’s elected members were Wavel Ramkalawan (Anse Etoile), Collin Dyer (Beau Vallon), Norbert Loizeau (Bel Air), Nicholas Préa (Bel Ombre), Bernard Georges (Les Mamelles), Jean-François Ferrari (Mont Fleuri) and Sandy Arissol (St Louis).
Its proportionate members were Hardy Lucas, David Pierre, Regina Alcindor and Frank Elizabeth.
Dr Patrick Herminie was elected Speaker of the fourth National Assembly of the Third Republic, while Marie-Louis Potter became the leader of government business and Wavel Ramkalawan was re-elected leader of the opposition.

Parti Lepep gets absolute majority in 2011
After the main opposition party – Seychelles National Party – boycotted the election, all the 25 ruling Parti Lepep’s (formerly SPPF) candidates won National Assembly seats in the September 20 – October 1 election.
Parti Lepep got 31,123 or 88.56% of the 35,145 votes which was 60.3% of the 51,592 votes cast as 16,447 votes were rejected.
The 25 directly elected SPPF members were Dr Jhowla Manoo (Anse Aux Pins), Bernard Arnephy (Anse Boileau), Melval Dugasse (Anse Etoile), Derek Samson (Anse Royale), Murielle Marie (Au Cap), Wilby Lucas (Baie Lazare), Natasha Esther (Baie Ste Anne), Mirena Souris (Beau Vallon), Nichole Barbé (Bel Air), Galen Bresson (Bel Ombre), Charles de Commarmond (Cascade), Kevin Vidot (English River), Dr David Payet (Glacis), Lenny Lebon (Grand Anse Mahé), Marc Volcère (Grand Anse Praslin), Chantal Ghislain (Inner Islands), Emmanuel Fideria (Les Mamelles), Sheryl Vengadasamy (Mont Buxton), Begita Jeannevole (Mont Fleuri), Roma Aglae (Plaisance), Jennifer Vel (Pointe Larue), Sultane Jacqueline (Port Glaud), Jeovanna Charles (Roche Caïman), Herbert Hoareau (St Louis) and Alderic Bristol (Takamaka).
SPPF’s proportionally elected members were Mitcy Larue, Andre Pool, Patrick Herminie, Marie-Louise Potter, Marie-Antoinette Rose and Sebastien Pillay.
Formed in 2011, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), the only party which contested the election, polled 3,828 votes which added up to 10.89% of the 35,145 valid votes cast. But it did not win any seat as according to the Electoral Commission it had won only about 7% of the total votes cast, a decision its leader David Pierre contested and brought before the Constitutional Court.
The sole independent candidate Jacqueline Hoareau scored 194 votes in the Mont Buxton constituency.
On December 15, 2011, Mr Pierre, whose party had won its appeal for the allocation of a proportionally elected seat in the National Assembly in a ruling by the Court of Appeal, nominated and voted himself leader of the opposition after being sworn in as his party’s proportionally elected member in the National Assembly.
Then on May 16, 2016, a new National Assembly opposition leader – Francesca Monnaie – was sworn in after Mr Pierre submitted his resignation a day earlier.
Ms Monnaie took the oath of allegiance before Speaker Patrick Herminie to fill the only seat held by the opposition. She was formerly the Popular Democratic Movement’s secretary general.
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National Assembly election – September 8-10, 2016

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:24 am

National Assembly election – September 8-10, 2016

12-September-2016
Who got the seats…

The opposition coalition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa unseated the ruling Parti Lepep by winning a majority in parliament during the National Assembly election over the weekend.
This is the first time since the return of multiparty democracy here in 1993 that an opposition party is victorious over the ruling party in any election.
During three days – September 8-10 – Seychellois were called upon to vote for their representatives to sit in the sixth National Assembly.
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS)got 15 direct seats and Parti Lepep got 10.
LDS got four proportionate seats in the assembly after garnering a total of 30,444 votes (49.65%) and Parti Lepep got the same number after totaling 30,218 votes (49.28%).
LDS will thus hold 19 seats in the sixth National Assembly and Parti Lepep will hold 14 seats.
Both parties fielded some political stalwarts and debutants.
Parti Lepep won all 25 direct seats in 2011 after the main opposition party – the Seychelles National Party – boycotted the election.
Despite not getting a majority for the first time, Parti Lepep boasts in Charles de Commarmond of Cascade the candidate who has won the most elections – six in total (1993, 1998, 2002, 2007, 2011 and 2016).
Back in the race after not running in 2011, Waven William won the Grand Anse Mahé constituency for the fifth time to be joint second in the highest number election victories after past wins in 1993, 1998, 2002 and 2007. Jeovanna Charles, who did not run this time has also got five wins to her name – for Plaisance in 1993 and for Roche Caïman in 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2011.
Compared to 2007, Parti Lepep lost eight districts – Anse Aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Au Cap, Baie Lazare, Glacis, Grand Anse Praslin, Mont Buxton and Plaisance – to the opposition.
This is also the first time the opposition wins in Anse Aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Au Cap, Baie Lazare, Grand Anse Praslin and Plaisance.
Apart from Cascade where Mr de Commarmond has remained untouchable with six wins, Parti Lepep (formerly Seychelles People’s Progressive Front) has also never lost in Anse Royale (Barry Faure in 1993, 1998 and 2002, Terrence Françoise in 2007 and Derek Samson in 2011), Baie Ste Anne (Mitcy Larue in 1993, 1998, 2002 and 2007, and Natasha Esther in 2011), English River (Patrick Herminie in 1993, 1998, and 2002 , Roy Nibourette in 2007, and Kevin Vidot in 2011), Grand Anse Mahé (Waven William in 1993, 1998, 2002 and 2007, and Lenny Lebon in 2011), Inner Islands (Monica Figaro in 1993 and 1998, Ansley Constance in 2002 and 2007, and Chantal Ghislain in 2011), Pointe Larue (Dick Esparon in 1993, 1998, and 2002, Jeniffer Vel in 2007 and 2011), Port Glaud (Ginette Gamatis in 1993, 1998, 2002 and 2007, and Sultane Jacqueline in 2011), Roche Caïman (Jeovanna Charles in 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2011) and Takamaka (Theresa Marie-Jeanne in 1993, Bernie Marie in 1998, Terrence Mondon in 2002 and 2007, and Alderic Bristol in 2011).
For the opposition, this is only the second time Wavel Ramkalwan has lost a parliamentary election. Mr Ramkalawan, who was running for the English River constituency this time and got 1,255 votes to lose it to Wilbert Herminie (1,316), lost to Bella Henderson in St Louis in 1993. He then won the St Louis constituency in 1998 and 2002 before taking victory in Anse Etoile in 2007.
Like Mr Ramkalawan, Nicholas Préa and Bernard Georges have three wins after past victories in 2002 and 2007. Préa reclaimed Bel Ombre and Georges won back Les Mamelles.
The new entries on the LDS side are Patrick Pillay (Anse Boileau), Ahmed Afif (Anse Etoile), Stephen Pillay (Au Cap), François Adelaide (Baie Lazare), John Hoareau (Beau Vallon), Wavel Woodcock (Grand Anse Praslin) and Clive Roucou (Plaisance).
Although they have served as proportionate members before, Clifford André (Anse Aux Pins) and Gervais Henrie (Mont Buxton) have been elected for the first time.
André was a proportionate member for Parti Lepep in 2002, while Henrie represented SNP after he replaced Frank Elizabeth of the Democratic Party in 2007.
On Parti Lepep’s side, the new entries are Sylvanne Lemiel (Anse Royale), Churchill Gill (Baie Ste Anne), Wilbert Herminie (English River), Noline Sophola (Inner islands), Jude Valmont (Pointe Larue), Clifford Aglaé (Port Glaud), Audrey Vidot (Roche Caïman) and Paul Ernesta (Takamaka).
The biggest win is by Noline Ernesta who won by 695 votes against LDS’ Loncey Micock.

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Opinion - National Assembly Election ... as observed by Mancham

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:28 am

Opinion - National Assembly Election ... as observed by Mancham

Opinion - National Assembly Election ... as observed by Mancham

12-September-2016
The election of the National Assembly is finally over. It would appear that all interested parties recognised that the process should end in an atmosphere of maturity, dignity and with great concern as to the future stability of our small nation. If my calculation is correct, the LDS (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa) which is an alliance of four parties namely Seychelles National Party of Wavel Ramkalawan, Lalyans Seselwa of Patrick Pillay, the Seychelles Party for Justice and Democracy of Alexia Amesbury and Seychelles United Party of Robert Ernesta and independent presidential canditate Philippe Boullé, polled 30,444 popular votes and Parti Lepep polled a total of 30,218 votes.
Altogether LDS won in 15 constituencies whereas Parti Lepep won in 10 constituencies, and under the formula of proportional representation accepted by the parties – each of the two parties were allocated four additional seats.
In brief, LDS will have 19 members in the National Assembly and Parti Lepep 14. Of course with this result, and what one can do with it, must be considered against a background that the leader of Parti Lepep in December 2015 won the presidential election. President James Michel was elected as President of the Republic for the next five years.
It goes without saying that the national interest would suffer unless the executive and legislative can find a Modus Vivendi.
In this respect, I was impacted by the speech of Roger Mancienne, leader of the LDS, acknowledging victory to the effect that his party is agreeable to collaborate with Parti Lepep and find as much common accord as possible in the national interest.
I was correspondingly impacted with the response of President James Michel stating that he was ready to collaborate in the national interest and to continue to promote as he had declared “National Unity”.
There was, in this election, another party styling itself as the Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM) which proclaimed itself as a third force.
This party did not poll many votes but the point their leaders made about building a bridge certainly impacted many supporters of both of the two major parties. Of course as voters mostly wish to be associated to a group in the frontline, they would not vote for this newly formed third force. But the point they made concerning their mission to build a bridge to promote National Reconciliation and unity should not be dismissed as they could constitute an important nucleus for the promotion of bridge building and in the end of polarisation.
As the political leader who introduced the notion of National Reconciliation after 15 years of life in exile, I must say I was impressed with what some of their candidates had to say.
This augurs well for the future. In fact all the people interviewed by SBC said that their main support for these elections was to see a Seychelles moving forward in peace and fraternal harmony.
I live in hope that one day my dream of seeing all Seychellois living and co-existing in an atmosphere of peace, love and fraternal harmony is realised.

Sir James R. Mancham

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Election législative 2016 - Les dirigeants appellent à l’Unité nationale

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:41 am

Election législative 2016 - Les dirigeants appellent à l’Unité nationale

12-September-2016

Les dirigeants des deux principaux partis politiques ont fait appel à l’unité nationale et à la paix.
Le chef de l’Alliance Démocratique Seychellois (LDS) Roger Mancienne, dont le parti a remporté l’élection législative tenue pendant le week-end et celui du Parti Lepep (PL), le Président James Michel se sont tous les deux prononcés dans ce sens. Les deux hommes parlaient hier matin au quartier général de la Commission Electorale à la Bibliothèque Nationale, après l’annonce des résultats.
Après les résultats provisoires annoncés en directe à la radio et télévision pendant la soirée, les résultats finaux été communiqués par le président de la Commission Electorale Hendrick Gappy. Ce dernier a également fait la répartition de sièges sur la base proportionnelle.
LDS a remporté 15 des 25 sièges directement sollicités, dans les districts suivants : Anse Aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Anse Etoile, Au Cap, Baie Lazare, Beau Vallon, Bel Air, Bel Ombre, Grand Anse Praslin, Glacis, Les Mamelles, Mont Buxton, Mont Fleuri, Plaisance et St Louis.
Anse Royale, Baie Ste Anne Praslin, Cascade, Grand Anse Mahé, La Digue et les îles proches, Pointe Larue, Port Glaud, Rivière Anglaise, Roche Caïman et Takamaka sont revenus à PL.
Comme pour chaque 10% de voies un parti remporte un siège sur la base proportionnelle, LDS (49.65%) en est attribué quatre et PL (49.28%) aussi quatre.
M. Gappy a qualifié cette élection comme un autre pas important dans le développement de la démocratie, qu’il dit évoluer avec plus de participation de partis politiques et de l’électorat en général. En effet, dans 71 932 électeurs inscrits sur la liste électorale, 62 939 ont fait leur devoir civique. Ceci représente un taux de 87%.
Les dirigeants des deux principaux partis ont reconnu dans leur discours que les politiciens doivent désormais adopter un autre style politique en offrant leur programme et non pas en s’insultant ou en s’attaquant aux institutions, comme ça a été malheureusement parfois le cas pendant cette campagne. Cela malgré qu’elle s’est déroulée dans la paix en général.
« La campagne a été intense avec une atmosphère de compétition, mais nous avons eu deux mois d’activités dans la paix. Que ça continue comme cela dans le futur et que nous puissions montrer que nous pouvons respecter l’opinion des uns et des autres », a souligné M. Mancienne.
« Trop longtemps on a eu cette polarisation politique qui nous a mis en arrière. Maltraiter les institutions établies par la Constitution comme les juges ou l’Assemblée Nationale ne va nous emmener nulle part », a rétorqué M. Michel, en espérant que les paroles prononcées soient mises en pratiques.
Il a également déclaré qu’il acceptait les résultats de l’élection.
« La décision du peuple est suprême et mon parti respecte cette décision », a-t-il dit.
Les dirigeants parmi lesquels comptaient aussi le président du Conseil de la LDS Wavel Ramkalawan et le Secrétaire Général du PL Danny Faure se sont solennellement salués à leur arrivée et ont tour à tour applaudi tous les candidats élus. La cérémonie matinale s’est déroulée en présence d’autres cadres des deux partis, des membres de la Commission Electorale, des ambassadeurs en poste aux Seychelles ou de représentants d’ambassades, des chefs des églises catholiques et anglicanes, de quelques députés nouvellement élus, d’autres candidats et des missions d’observations locaux et étrangers.
Premier à prendre la parole, M. Mancienne a dit que les résultats qu’il a qualifiés de « crédibles même si certaines choses peuvent être améliorées », marquent un moment historique dans l’histoire politique de notre pays et représentent un moment de fierté pour lui et ses collègues de l’opposition qui ont travaillé très dur pour en arriver là. Il a souligné que c’est la première fois qu’on témoigne une transition dans une des branches de l’Etat. Il a insisté que le maintien de l’ordre et de la paix était importante pour cette transition.
« La haute participation doit nous emmener ensemble dans l’unité. On a ainsi la chance de réunir le peuple et créer une base pour bâtir un pays qui rend tout le monde fier. Cette unité veut dire réunir tous les Seychellois en créant une place pour chaque personne qui pourra contribuer et emmener le pays de l’avant », a encore rajouté le dirigeant de LDS.
Il a donné son engagement pour que la nouvelle Assemblée soit une sérieuse, qui travaille en partenariat avec la branche exécutive et qui reflète la vérité en appliquant la moto choisie par son partie pour la campagne : « Fer li ou Lasanble » (Fait d’elle votre Assemblée).
Il n’a pas manqué de remercier la presse en disant que « sans une presse ouverte et libre, il n’y aurait pas d’élections crédibles ». M. Mancienne a finalement remercié la communauté internationale pour le support accordé au processus de démocratisation des Seychelles pendant ces derniers quarante ans.
M. Michel s’est dit apprécié que son adversaire politique parle d’unité et de paix ; un langage qu’il dit avoir toujours tenu pour que les Seychellois travaillent ensemble. Il s’est également déclaré content que M. Mancienne a annoncé vouloir travailler avec le gouvernement pour le bien du peuple seychellois.
« On doit entendre ce langage de paix, d’amour et d’unité plus souvent. Je suis content que l’opposition s’engage à travailler avec le gouvernement », a-t-il fait remarquer, avant de lui demander de célébrer dans la paix. M. Michel a aussi remercié ses supporters qui ont élu leurs 10 candidats.
Le président a souhaité que dans cette démarche démocratique nous avons fait preuve de crédibilité et que nous puissions continuer à avoir l’appuie de la communauté internationale.

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National Assembly election - The 25 directly elected MNAs

12-September-2016
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa has won a majority in the National Assembly with 15 direct seats while Parti Lepep got 10.
Both parties also got four proportional seats and they are yet to name their proportionally elected members.
This means Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) will have 19 members and Parti Lepep (PL) 14, meaning the National Assembly will have 33 members.
The Seychelles Patriotic Movement did not win any seat just like the three independent candidates – Danny Sopha (Anse Aux Pins), Ralph Volcère (Au Cap) and Georgie Prudence (Mont Buxton).

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5th National Assembly dissolved

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:15 pm

5th National Assembly dissolved

13-September-2016
Pursuant to Article 106 (2) (b) of the Constitution of Seychelles, the 5th National Assembly stands dissolved as of yesterday, September 12, 2016.
According to a communiqué from the secretariat, the Assembly shall meet again once a Proclamation published in the gazette to summon its first meeting has been done by the President, in line with Article 107 of the Constitution.
Following the September 8-10 election, the new National Assembly is made up of 15 directly elected members from the opposition coalition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) and 10 directly elected members from Parti Lepep (PL). Both parties have also been allocated four proportionate seats each but they are yet to name their members.
The winners of the 15 direct seats for LDS are Clifford André (Anse Aux Pins), Patrick Pillay (Anse Boileau), Ahmed Afif (Anse Etoile), Stephen Pillay (Au Cap), François Adelaide (Baie Lazare), John Hoareau (Beau Vallon), Norbert Loizeau (Bel Air), Nicholas Prea (Bel Ombre), Regina Esparon (Glacis), Wavel Woodcock (Grand Anse Praslin), Bernard Georges (Les Mamelles), Gervais Henrie (Mont Buxton), Jean-François Ferrari (Mont Fleuri), Clive Roucou (Plaisance) and Sandy Arrisol (St Louis).
Sylvanne Lemiel (Anse Royale), Churchill Gill (Baie Ste Anne), Charles De Commarmond (Cascade), Wilbert Herminie (English River), Waven William (Grand Anse Mahé), Noline Sophola (Inner Islands), Jude Valmont (Pointe Larue), Egbert Clifford Aglaé (Port Glaud), Audrey Vidot (Roche Caïman) and Paul Ernesta (Takamaka) are the winners of the 10 direct seats for Parti Lepep.

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National Assembly election 2016 - Election ‘credible, peaceful and transparent’ ‒ observers

Post  Sirop14 on Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:21 pm

National Assembly election 2016 - Election ‘credible, peaceful and transparent’ ‒ observers

13-September-2016


The international election observer mission which was in the country to observe the National Assembly election 2016 held from September 8-10, have described the election as “sufficiently free, credible, peaceful and transparent” though the Electoral Commission of Seychelles was faced with serious challenges to its credibility and good standing.
As they also observed certain issues that need to be improved on or put in place to better the process, they suggested various recommendations in that direction.
They also announced a post-election forum that will be held in a few weeks from now as a post-mortem of the recent National Assembly election and to discuss other related issues.
These were revealed in the preliminary statements from international observer missions from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Election Observer Mission (SEOM), the African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM) and the Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC countries (ECF-SADC) at the Avani Hotel Barbarons yesterday.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Augustine P. Mahiga (MP); of leaders and representatives of political parties who took part in the elections; members of the diplomatic corps; election stakeholders and the media.

The final report, which will address the broader aspects of the electoral process, including pre-election, election and post-election phases, will be released 30 days after the results have been officially announced.
The ECF-SADC mission also mentioned lessons learnt and some good practices during the process which was the peaceful and calm environment during the electoral period; inclusion of youth and women as polling staff and party agents; visible signage indicating the prohibition of cellphone use inside the polling station; taking an oath of allegiance to the Seychelles Constitution by polling staff and party agents ahead of polling.
Among the issues raised were the nature of voter education which it described as limited; the credibility of the voters’ register which they said is bloated with dead people and those living overseas; lack of confidence by the public in the EC; delayed accreditation process for observers both local and international; certain people taking photographs in polling stations; media more biased to party in power; the manner in which the election commissioners are appointed and the ballot boxes were not translucent as they suggested this before in previous elections.
All three missions made several recommendations that will improve the elections process so as to make it more credible.
The ECF-SADC mission led by Commissioner Bongani Finca, suggested certain issues directed to the EC itself for urgent attention and implementation. And one of that is the existence of an election management body (EMB) that is independent, impartial and enjoys the confidence of the citizens. The EMB must be a professional body that performs its statutory responsibilities transparently, efficiently and effectively so as to earn the confidence of all stakeholders, including political parties. And that the Republic of Seychelles considers reforming the EC structure and operations to make it more consistent with the good practice found in the election management bodies of the SADC region.
Regarding the civic and voter education, they suggested the EC, in collaboration with other electoral stakeholders, embark on an extensive voter education drive encompassing all aspects of the electoral process; the voters registration must be regularly updated, compiled accurately, transparently and inclusively and be made available to political parties in good time for verification; build into the electoral framework and reclaim the position of Seychelles as a leading light in women participation in the national and other legislative bodies and the EC to develop an adequate results system that minimises uncertainty and public suspicion, opened to the public to ensure acceptance of the results.
“The election observed represents an extraordinary accomplishment by the people of Seychelles to consolidate electoral democracy,” said the ECF-SADC mission.
They added that the Seychellois people’s dignity, tolerance and respect for electoral processes was an example of patriotic service to their constitution.
SEOM, led by head of mission Augustine Mahinga, suggested measures to improve confidence in the EC, civic voter education programme and regular revision of the voters’ register, voter registration cards for all registered voters, improve women representation and participation in decision-making and good governance referring mainly to the LDS representation in the new National Assembly where female members are not that visible; enhance the role and mandate of the Seychelles Media Commission and collaboration between them and the electoral commission; setting up of special tribunals and mediation bodies to adjudicate upon or mediate election-related disputes to relive pressure of the normal court procedures
“The historical outcome of this National Assembly election in the Republic of Seychelles is a testimony to the efficacy of multiparty democracy and yet another milestone in the SADC region’s progress,” said Dr Mahinga.
Apart from emphasising the issues and recommendations of the other two observer groups, the AU all-women mission stressed mainly on the need for more women representations in national bodies like the National Assembly.
The presentations ended with questions from the floor.

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Opinion - The international observer groups

13-September-2016
Now that the Seychelles National Assembly Election 2016 is over and that all major players have agreed that it was conducted in a fair and transparent way – I would like to make a few comments concerning the ‘overkill’ situation with respect to observers arriving here to oversee how our National Assembly election was conducted despite the fact that some observers came from countries still under the plight of dictatorship or military rule.
Besides the two local observer groups, the Citizens Democracy Watch Seychelles (CDWS) and the Association for Rights Information and Democracy (ARID) which made it a point to deploy their members to various polling stations – there were five observer groups from overseas – African Union (AU), European Union (EU), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Electoral Commission Forum of SADC countries and Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).
I have participated as an ‘election observer’ in different election missions in different parts of the world and I would like to make some comments with relevance to the fulfillment of these missions in a satisfactory and transparent way. Perhaps the most interesting experience resolved around the Egyptian Presidential election following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. This is a story which I think should be of interest to most of your readers interested to learn more on the subject.
Please refer to pages 230-233 in my book, 'SEYCHELLES – The saga of a small nation navigating the cross-currents of a big world' on the subject –
“Perhaps the most important mission I attended as a member of the Committee of Elders of Comesa came from the invitation extended to me by the then Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Mr Jean Ping, to observe the presidential election that was to take place in Egypt on the 23rd and 24th of May 2012, in which the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi was elected to the post of President. In his letter of May 7, 2012, Commissioner Ping stated – “…Given your vast experience and commitment to the strengthening of democracy and peace in the continent, I would like to kindly request that Your Excellency lead the African Union Election Observer Mission to Egypt....”
The AU, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, had invited some twenty-four African nations, including some known Islamist political activists from West Africa, to be part of that mission. I was, therefore, not surprised that the Egyptian authorities came back to the AU saying that they only had space for one observer from the AU and not more. As Egypt is one of the most important members of Comesa and has always played an active role within the AU, Commissioner Ping had to take this “slap in the face” intelligently. I was therefore asked to be the lone observer on behalf of the AU, although it was agreed that I was to be accompanied by two executive assistants from the AU headquarters.
The influence of the Armed Forces on the organisation of the election was made obvious to me soon after arrival. In fact, I found myself staying in a sort of a boutique hotel that I came to understand was the residential club for officers of the Egyptian Air Force. Soon after my arrival, I had a meeting with the acting President of the National Council for Human Rights of Egypt, Dr Mohamed Fayek. Next, I was to meet other international observers groups who had been invited to observe the election. Of these, the most authoritative group was that from the US-based Carter Centre that was represented by several officials led by former US President Jimmy Carter himself. I also met Mr Cassam Uteem, a former President of the Republic of Mauritius who was leading the delegation from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), and I also met representatives of the League of Arab States. Later, I had high-level meetings with the Presidential Elections Committee as well as the UN Mission Election Team.
The election started early on Wednesday the 23rd May and was closed late on Thursday the 24th May. During this time, I was officially authorised to visit any polling station of my choice and witness the election in progress. My observation was limited only to what was going on in Cairo, as I had no possibility or opportunity to venture beyond that city.
My impression was that Egypt was going through a period of calm and serious reflection on that historic day. There was an atmosphere of great serenity as the people of Cairo made up their minds for whom to vote. While there were about 13 Presidential candidates, it appeared from the polls that there were only four to five serious contenders for the office of President. They were Mr Amr Moussa, an independent candidate and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Egypt and former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States; Dr Abdel Moneim Abou El Fotouh, an independent candidate; Mr Hamdien Sabahy, an independent candidate; Mr Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party; and Mr Ahmed Shafik, another independent candidate.
There had been a series of debates on the television and radio networks in Egypt concerning the policies of the different candidates.
Indeed, I considered myself privileged to have had the opportunity to witness this vital development, as the people of Egypt were searching for information required for democratic changes on that day, which finally saw Mr Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood being elected to run the Government of Egypt.
Throughout my visit, I was assisted by Ms Shumbana Karume, head of the Democracy and Elections Assistant Unit of the African Union Political Affairs Department based in Addis Ababa, and Mr Conrad Mederic, who was serving in the office of the Principal Counsellor in the Seychelles High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
This Presidential Election in Egypt was the first endeavour for the Egyptian people to elect their own head of state. Historically, Egypt was ruled by monarchies until Mr Gamal Abdel Nasser overthrew the Government of King Farouk to become President of Egypt. Since President Nasser, there have been a list of other Presidents who were not directly elected by the people but were prominent personalities with military backgrounds.
Following the assassination of President Muhammad Anwar Al Sadat, Mr Hosni Mubarak assumed the presidency and ruled the country for over 30 years without interruption. Over this time, national disenchantment with the Mubarak regime increased until, as we will remember, it motivated the revolution of 2011 and called for a democratic government led by a directly-elected President.
The rest is now history. President Morsi was eventually arrested for failing to provide good leadership governance. The military assumed control under the strong and dynamic leadership of Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who on March 27, 2014, resigned from the military in order to stand as a civilian candidate for the next Presidential Election.
God bless Egypt, God bless the African Union and God bless all African nations as they navigate through the troublesome and confusing waters of today’s politics in search of democracy. Throughout the twentieth century populations everywhere became more concerned with good governance, human rights, and ending oppression. So far, it seems to be easier to bring down a bad regime than to create a good one. The protestors in Egypt could agree that they wanted a government better than that of Mubarak’s regime, but it takes more than an election to bring about the changes Egyptians sought. A common understanding of the principles of good political governance and the ability to elect leaders who will uphold them is also crucial to avoid constant regime change and confusion. It is not enough to simply elect the most popular candidate.”
As we know, with respect to our National Assembly election, this time the African Union dispatched a 26-strong delegation but they were all ladies from different African nations. Why were there no men in the delegation has not been revealed.
I am, of course, looking forward to their reports to find out whether any one has explained as to why only four ladies could now serve in the National Assembly as opposed to 14 in the National Assembly election of year 2011.
I hope the 26 ladies enjoyed their stay at the Savoy Resort and Spa and had time to recognise that in this society we certainly have a lot of ladies running the show – either in the frontline or behind the frontline.
Within a wider picture, as a sovereign independent nation, is it imperative that we see observer missions coming here to oversee our elections in progress? Do the elections taking place in France, Russia, UK and in the USA come under scrutiny of observer missions from overseas?
Certainly we must appreciate that certain international organisations have us very much under focus.
Some clarifications would be very much welcomed.

James R. Mancham

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