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Seychelles’ government welcomes final Commonwealth election report

Seychelles’ government welcomes final Commonwealth election report ( The Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam, has written to the Commonwealth Secretary General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, welcoming the issue of the Commonwealth’s final report on the presidential elections held in Seychelles from May 19-21, 2011.

The Minister noted that the Commonwealth has declared the elections credible and have highlighted a number of recommendations that the government has already declared its willingness to implement. The Minister also remarked that the report notes that the opposition candidates made many allegations about the voting process, but none of these were substantiated through evidence submitted to the observers.

The main recommendation for the creation of an Electoral Commission to replace the Electoral Commissioner has already been implemented. On July 12, the National Assembly passed the amendment of the constitution to create the Electoral Commission. The new members were identified by the Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA) after advertising in the local media. On the recommendation of the CAA, the President appointed the new members of the Commission on July 28, 2011, who were sworn in on August 2, 2011.

Minister Adam also noted that the Electoral Commission also has the remit to propose further reform of the Elections Act and other laws.

The Seychelles government has also informed the Commonwealth that it is finalizing the review of the licensing fees for private television and radio to bring these fees down to a level that is commensurate with other jurisdictions of similar size.

The government has also committed to the reform of campaign finance laws to make all parties more accountable, and to improve the transparency in which parties raise and use their funds. Under the current Elections Act, all parties must declare their expenses to the Electoral Commissioner, but the government has agreed that further reform is needed to make all parties more accountable to their supporters. The government has asked the newly-formed Electoral Commission to propose legislation to address this.

In a further statement, Minister Adam commented: “We are pleased that the Commonwealth has confirmed our electoral process as credible, as elections always are in Seychelles. We recognize there are, nonetheless, areas for improvement. The commitments made by the government show that we are serious about undertaking the reforms required. However, we now need a working and committed National Assembly to be able to legislate the remaining reforms, and we look forward to the forthcoming elections to deliver a serious and responsible legislative body.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St.Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email:

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