President urges electoral body to speed up reforms


05-October-2011

When the Electoral Commission was created in July this year, it was tasked with reviewing presidential, legislative and other election laws in Seychelles, and matters related to Articles 117 and 118 of the Constitution such as the funding and expenditure of political parties in the context of election campaigns.

Noting that the responsibility for initiating and conducting dialogue with all stakeholders in the process of electoral reform lies with the commission, President Michel said it was of paramount importance for the commission to educate and keep the people informed of developments as they happen.

“Now that the National Assembly election is over, the commission should put every effort into this process and seek the views of all stakeholders, in order to continue reinforcing democracy in our country,” said the President.

Meanwhile, the President has thanked the Seychellois people who voted during the September 29 – October 1 National Assembly election for exercising their civic rights and expressing their political will.

“Democracy is first and foremost the expression of the will of the people, which gives authority to legislative and executive bodies. All the people who voted were able to clearly indicate who they supported or did not support for the creation of the new National Assembly.

The electorate has expressed its choice freely and fairly. And this should be respected,” said President Michel.

“Participation is the key to democracy, and I call on all stakeholders to participate in future fora where they can make their opinions heard,” added the President.

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