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First regional councils launched with aim of strengthening Seychelles' local governance system

Post  Sirop14 on Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:46 pm

First regional councils launched with aim of strengthening Seychelles' local governance system


Victoria, Seychelles | July 13, 2018, Friday @ 17:34 in National » GENERAL | By: Sharon Ernesta | Views: 153
First regional councils launched with aim of strengthening Seychelles' local governance system
The Administration Office of Plaisance, a district on the eastern coast of the main Seychelles island of Mahe. (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency)

(Seychelles News Agency) - Seven regional councils were launched in Seychelles on Friday with the aim of strengthening local governance, though two civil society groups say they disagree with how the councils have been set up, saying the councils lack accountability and transparency.

The councils, which will cover all 25 administrative districts on the three main islands -- Mahe, Praslin and La Digue -- will consist of seven councillors with one voted as chairperson.

The north, south, east, west regions on Mahe and the Inner Islands, will be represented each by a council while the central region will have two.

The members of the council will be appointed in accordance with an agreed bipartisan agreement between the two main political parties -- Linyon Demokratik Seselwa and Parti Lepep.

Dan Frichot, the special advisor for the Ministry of Local Government, told SNA on Tuesday that the model is the first approach to further strengthen the local government system of Seychelles.

“Both agreed on the establishment of regional bodies based on the current political balance in the National Assembly, following which a regional council's administrative framework was developed,” said Frichot.

The decision for an agreed bipartisan framework for the regional councils was announced in November last year by the office of the president after taking into account the costs of running councils in each of the districts.

The Local Government Act 2015 provides for the establishment of a District Council in each district in order to enable the citizens to participate in the governance and development of the district, its functions, qualifications of persons who may be elected as Councillors,
http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/9433/First+regional+councils+launched+with+aim+of+strengthening+Seychelles%27+local+governance+system


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Post  Sirop14 on Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:51 pm

‎Daniel Cesar‎ to One Seychelles
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Regional Council ~ Stifling Democracy
Lalyans Seselwa denounces the move by both Parti Lepep and LDS, the Executive and the Legislative to stifle democracy with the launch of Regional Councils. At the time that this idea was tabled at the LDS Council it was denounced by Patrick George Pillay, the Leader of Lalyans Seselwa. The matter was shelved and like Assumption it has been resuscitated. Lalyans Seselwa Leader will shortly pronounce its objection to the erosion of democracy through cohabitation.
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Post  Sirop14 on Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:16 pm

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I would like to know the legality of the Regional council. On which legal basis it was set up. where is the constitutional provision or the bill under which it is stated that the two party in the national assembly can legally negotiate a proportional national system just between the two of them. what a democratic fiasco.Democrasy hijacked

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New regional councils set up with bi-partisan framework

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Seven regional councils, each with seven members, were officially established yesterday during a ceremony held at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles.

The 49 council members were appointed in accordance with an agreed bi-partisan framework and membership of each council reflects the current political balance in the National Assembly, therefore 23 Parti Lepep (PL) councillors and 26 from Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS).

The ceremony was attended by President Danny Faure, Designated Minister Macsuzy Mondon, Speaker of the National Assembly Nicholas Prea, leader of government business in the National Assembly Charles De Commarmond and chairman of LDS Roger Mancienne.
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=259641


Reactions to establishment of Regional Councils
16-July-2018
Following the official launch on Friday of the regional councils, there have been mixed reactions from several quarters. While the LDS (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa) has welcomed the opportunity for the party “to participate directly in district affairs”, both the Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (Ceps) and the Association for Rights, Information and Democracy (Arid) have said that they are “against the process of nomination of councillors for the regional district councils”.

For its part, the Lalyans Seselwa has said it supports the stance taken by Ceps, noting that as it (regional council) will be a civil service job, the requirements and conditions cannot be met through political affiliation.

Seychelles NATION brings you the full reactions from these parties and bodies.
http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=259649

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