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Setting up of Regional Councils | 21 July 2018

Empowering citizens and communities

 

  1. 1.    Background and introduction

The Government of Seychelles has embarked on a Local Government Reform Programme with the goal to render the system more participatory and democratic. The aim of the reform is to establish appropriate structures at local level to enhance the decentralisation process in line with the principles of good governance, transparency and accountability. A key structure in the reform programme is the creation of Regional Councils, which is a bi-partisan consensus between the two main political parties.

The Local Government Act 2015 which aimed to establish elected Councillors in each of the 26 districts was approved by the National Assembly but not enacted due to the high costs associated with the elections of District Councillors. After consultations, an administrative framework was developed for the creation of seven Regional Councils for a period of at least one year, to assess its effectiveness and challenges for the eventual establishment of District Councils.

 

  1. 2.    Regional Councils

The Regional Councils was established on July 13, 2018 and its functions are as follows:

(i)                Oversee the management and  administration of the affairs of the Regional Council;

(ii)             Develop the region’s Strategic Plan in line with Government’s policies, programmes and projects;

(iii)           Oversee the implementation of the Regional Development Plan and the management of community infrastructure for the common good of the residents;

(iv)           Ensure delivery, monitoring and evaluation of community services and projects with the region in collaboration with ministries, departments and agencies;

(v)             Ensure compliance with the norms and standards in the conduct of its affairs;

(vi)           Represent the aspirations of the citizens, mobilise the population to participate and promote community spirit and sense of ownership among the inhabitants; and

(vii)        Perform other functions as required.

 

2.1 Regions

Seychelles is divided into seven regions with each region comprising three to four districts among which is a base district, as indicated in Table 1.

 

Table 1: Regional Councils by region, base district and districts

Regions

Districts

Regional Council base

North

Glacis, Bel Ombre, Beau Vallon and Anse Etoile

Glacis DA’s Office

South

Anse Royale, Au Cap and Takamaka

Anse Royale DA’s Office

East

Anse Aux Pins, Cascade and Pointe Larue

Anse Aux Pins DA’s Office

West

Baie Lazare, Anse Boileau, Grand Anse and Port Glaud

Baie Lazare DA’s Office

Central 1

St. Louis, Bel Air, Mont Buxton and English River

St. Louis DA’s Office

Central 2

Plaisance, Mont Fleuri, Roche Caiman and Les Mamelles

Plaisance DA’s Office

Inner Islands

Baie Ste Anne Praslin, Grand Anse Praslin and La Digue

Baie Ste Anne Praslin DA’s Office

 

2.2                      Structure of the Regional Councils

Each region shall have a Regional Council comprising:

(i)                Seven Councillors, one of whom shall be elected as Chairperson from among the members at the first Council’s meeting;

 

(ii)             All directly elected members of the National Assembly of the districts within respective regions as well as any other member of the National Assembly residing in that region. These members can attend meetings of the Councils but have no voting right;

 

(iii)           All district administrators within the Region as ex-officio members.

 

The Councils may establish Committees – seven Committees are proposed – Finance, Information and Communication; Citizenry, security and Public Order; Community Infrastructure, Facilities and Projects; Social and Welfare; Health, environment and Emergencies; Youth, Sports, Culture and Animation; and Education, Employment and Economic Activities.

Each Regional Council will be headed by a Chairperson and six Councillors, assisted by an Office Assistant, a District Administrator and employees of the District Administration Office. The Council’s structure comprises: the Councillors (Governance) and the District Administration Offices (Administration) as in Figure 1.

 Figure 1: Structure of the Regional Council

 

2.3                      Appointment of Councillors

Councillors are appointed by the Minister for Local Government, nominated by the two major political parties, namely Parti Lepep (PL) and Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS), based on the current political balance in the National Assembly, and in line with the following criteria set by the Local Government Department:

(i)                A citizen of Seychelles;

(ii)             Over 18 years

(iii)           A registered voter

(iv)           Resided over three months in one of the districts within the region before appointment date

The term of office of the Councillors is one year, on part-time basis, of a minimum of seven hours per week, and they will be remunerated with a monthly allowance.

2.4                      Cost

Councillors were nomination rather than being elected to eliminate the high cost associated with elections. The cost is limited to allowances and office operations.

2.5                      Participation

All inhabitants and representatives of various sectors are invited to seize the opportunity to actively participate in the Committees and community life. Councillors are representatives of the inhabitants of the districts, hence, they have to consult prior to making decisions which impact them.

 

Regional Councils

LIST OF COUNCILLORS

1

North

Seraphin 

MADELEINE

2

North

Bryan

JULIE

3

North

Marie-Chantale

NICOLE

4

North

Kenny

FRANCOISE

5

North

Nigel

MICHAUD, PAYET

6

North

Karine

ERNESTA

7

North

Claudette

ADELA

8

Central1

Beryl

VALENTIN

9

Central1

Georgie

NICETTE

10

Central1

 

 

11

Central1

Gerard

CHARLETTE

12

Central1

Marie-Helene

NIOLE

13

Central1

Georges

FRANCOIS

14

Central1

Yvonne

BARBE

15

Central2

Marie-Claude

ONYEKACHI

16

Central2

Michel

ROUCOU

17

Central2

Jacqueline

BASTIENNE

18

Central2

Richard

LABROSSE

19

Central2

Marina

JACQUES

20

Central2

Albert

NAPIER

21

Central2

Paqlina

MOUSTACHE

22

East

Jean, Marc

FOSTEL

23

East

Vincent

UZICE

24

East

Rosie

BISTOQUET

25

East

Sheila

MOREL

26

East

Lucianna

ADRIENNE

27

East

Raymond

BONTE

28

East

Selvan

PILLAY

29

South

Peggy

AGATHINE

30

South

Alain

THERESINE

31

South

Marc

UZICE

32

South

Noella

ERNESTA

33

South

Nichol

DOGLEY

34

South

Aaron

BONNELAME

35

South

Dave

BRISTOL

36

West

Jeff

CONFIANCE

37

West

Kisna

LOUISE

38

West

Rose, Arlette

DODIN

39

West

Amanda

DENIS

40

West

Yvonne

AZEMIA

41

West

Wilfred

FREMINO

42

West

Godfra

HERMITTE

43

Inner Islands

Alvin

GRANDCOURT

44

Inner Islands

Loncey

MICOCK

45

Inner Islands

Ansley

CONSTANCE

46

Inner Islands

Jane

RATH

47

Inner Islands

Marc

VOLCERE

48

Inner Islands

Mike

CEDRAS

49

Inner Islands

Davidson

MARGUERITE

 

 

 

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