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Commonwealth Election Reports, the reports of Commonwealth Observer Groups, Missions or Expert Teams, are independently prepared by the team members as a contribution to the democracy and consensus-building in Commonwealth countries.

Referendum on the Draft Constitution in Seychelles, 12–15 November 1992

Referendum on the Draft Constitution in Seychelles, 12–15 November 1992

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Commonwealth Observer Group
01 Dec 1992
9781848595415 (PDF)
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  • Introduction

    On 4 December 1991, President Albert René announced that after 15 years of one-party rule Seychelles was to be transformed into a ‘pluralistic democratic system’. He set out a three-stage transition process: the election of a Constitutional Commission in July 1992; a referendum on a draft of a new constitution to be produced by the Commission; and a general election by the end of 1992. The process has since engaged the country in intense political activity.

  • Recent Political Developments

    The ruling SPPF won 58.4 per cent of the votes in the July election against 33.7 per cent for the DP. The six other parties which took part in the election shared among them the remaining 7.9 per cent of the votes, with none meeting the minimum requirement of five percent which would have entitled them to a seat on the Constitutional Commission (see Annex V).

  • The Legislative Framework

    Seychelles was proclaimed a one-party state under the Constitution of 1979. Basic changes had to be made in order to implement the move to multi-party democracy. The Constitutional Amendment which came into force on 27 December 1991 abolished the one-party doctrine and laid the foundation for change.

  • The Campaign

    We arrived in Seychelles in time to observe three rallies, two held by the United Opposition and one by the SPPF in the last weekend before polling. The United Opposition rally at Beau Vallon and the SPPF one at Victoria held on Sunday, 8 November were both major events with full party trappings and colour, and thousands of cheering party supporters. The rallies followed much the same format: political speeches and exhortations by the party leadership to a chanting, highly enthusiastic crowd.

  • The Transition Process

    The Report of the Observer Group to the July election made recommendations on five issues which have assumed particular importance for the opposition in the transition period.

  • Conduct of the Referendum

    In considering whether the Referendum was properly conducted, we made our judgment.

  • Summary of Conclusions

    The main conclusions of our report.

  • Acknowledgements and Annexes
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