Nomination Day today


06-September-2011

The papers should include a nomination form with a list of 50 of each candidate’s supporters who must be registered voters staying in the constituency where the hopeful member will stand, although he or she does not need to be living there, the commission’s chairman Hendrick Gappy told Nation yesterday.

They are also expected to include two passport size colour photographs of the candidates and an electronic copy of the picture.

Those standing on a party’s ticket should produce a certificate from an official of the party authorising them to act on behalf of the party, and proof that they have paid the R1,500.

The ruling Parti Lepep and the newly registered Popular Democratic Movement have said they will field candidates for the election but the Seychelles National Party, the New Democratic Party and the newly registered Seychelles Freedom Party have said they will not take part in the election, although Mr Gappy said independent candidates are expected to stand.

“The commission will tomorrow meet the hopefuls and brief them on issues like political party broadcasts, after which they will be free to launch their campaigns,” said Mr Gappy, who added it’s only tomorrow that the list of candidates for the September 29, 30 and October 1 polls will be made known.

Lots will also be drawn tomorrow to decide on the order in which the candidates will present their political broadcasts on radio and television as well as the order in which they will appear on the ballot paper.

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