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Seychelles Presidential Election, 19–21 May 2011

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Commonwealth Observer Group
30 Sep 2011
9781848591219 (PDF)

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The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Seychelles Presidential Election. The Group was led by Dr Julian R Hunte, the former Foreign Minister of St Lucia, and comprised five eminent persons in total.

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  • Introduction
  • Political Background

    Seychelles became an independent republic in 1976 under the leadership of an alliance between the Democratic Party (DP) led by Sir James Mancham, who became President, and the Seychelles People’s United Party whose leader Mr France Albert René was appointed as Prime Minister. Mr René seized power soon thereafter, in June 1977, through a coup d’état at which time the National Assembly was dissolved. The Seychelles People’s United Party was renamed the Seychelles People’s Progressive Front (SPPF). A new one-party Constitution was proclaimed in March 1979.

  • Constitutional, Legal and Electoral Framework

    The principal legislation governing the Presidential elections in the Seychelles are the Constitution, the Elections Act and the Political Parties (Registration and Regulation) Act, revised in 1991. The Elections Act 1995, revised in 1996, provides the main detailed legal framework for the conduct of elections in Seychelles. There are also some regulations made pursuant to the Elections Act, such as the Election Advisory Board Regulations, 2010 and the Elections Regulation, 2006 dealing with signage and the use of government vehicles to transport voters to the polls.

  • The Campaign

    The Official Gazette of Monday 21 February 2011 set out the Presidential Election Timetable. The official campaign period began a day after nomination day, and ran from 28 April 2011 to15 May 2011.

  • Election Day

    Polling took place on 19, 20 and 21 May 2011 in accordance with the opening times stipulated by the Chief Electoral Officer, as provided for in the Electoral Act. Given the reportedly highly mobile nature of Seychellois, special provisions were once again made for voters to vote where they were located in an effort to ensure no citizen was disenfranchised. Logistical preparations and distribution of materials appeared to have arrived in correct order and in a timely manner at most polling stations.

  • Conclusions and Recommendations

    Our terms of references called on us to observe the preparations for the election; the polling, counting and results process, and the overall electoral environment. We hereby offer our conclusions and recommendations, and hope all relevant stakeholders will receive and consider them in the positive spirit in which they are intended.

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