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Wavel Ramkalawan was nominated as the LDS candidate for the forthcoming Presidential election. Party Leader Roger Mancienne announced the nomination in the Party’s Convention on Sunday. 

A large crowd of members gathered in the International Conference Centre for the historic event, launching the party’s campaign for the election in which it aims to make the first transfer of power since the 1977 coup d’etat. 

Ramkalawan, who has been the principal opposition leader since the return to multi-party democracy in 1993, was the sole candidate for nomination on the party’s ticket. He has named a fellow member of the National Assembly, Ahmed Afif, as his running mate. 

The two candidates received an enthusiastic acclamation from the members of the party attending the event. Both addressed the audience on the party’s determination to be the next government for the country. 

Applause, chants and shouts of support echoed through the hall throughout the event. The acclamation of members and supporters left no doubt that the LDS team was set for a spirited and vigourous campaign. 

 

LDS has taken part in a workshop organised by the African Union for political parties in East Africa to design a program for support to political parties. 

The East Africa workshop, held August 21-22, 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania, is being replicated in other regions of the continent and is meant to accompany the African Union program for democracy support in member countries. 

Party Leader Roger Mancienne represented LDS at the workshop which was also attended by a representative of United Seychelles. Delegates from 9 countries took part.

The workshop has listed guiding principles and priority areas for a program which will be considered by the parties in various countries according to their respective situations. The recommendations will be incorporated in an Africa-wide program which will be validated in a meeting for all countries in Africa planned for next year.

Regarding support for the parties, emphasis has been placed on capacity building, inclusion of women and minority groups, and internal democracy.  For inter-party relations, the program intends to promote dialogue and consultation among parties on national priorities. Facilitating peaceful and orderly transfer of power is one of the areas which many parties have expressed as one of the priorities. 

LDS has welcomed the AU initiative for engagement with political parties which can be part of efforts to strengthen democracy, along with efforts to promote equitable conditions for political participation and free and fair elections in all member countries.

Linyon Demokratik Seselwa has presented the process it will take to select the party’s candidate for the forthcoming Presidential Election.

The process was explained by Party Leader Roger Mancienne in a meeting with party activists and the press in the International Conference Centre, Victoria.

The nomination is open to any member of the Party. A person seking the nomination should do so in writing to the Executive Council of LDS, through the Party Leader.

The deadline for submitting the request is August 31st, 2019. The LDS Executive Council will consider and vet the requests on September 5th, 2019.

If there is only one request for nomination, it will be submitted for endorsement by members at the Party Convention on September 15th, 2019 in the ICCS. If there is more than one, the persons seeking the nomination will address the Convention to present their request. In this case, the Party will hold a special meeting for members on October 20th at the NSC Hall Roche Caiman to select the candidate. In-between, the persons will be able to distribute any publications or hold any meetings to support their candidature.

The letter requesting nomination should contain

a) The request for nomination

b) Personal details

c) Statement of qualifications and experience justifying the candidature and capability to serve as President

d) Statement disclosing any matter that may impact on the candidature, including negatively  or that the person has not withheld any such information

e) Statement of Vision for LDS and for Government

f) Signature of 20 Party members in support of the nomination

After the nomination, the candidate will direct his/her own campaign with access to all available resources and support from the Party. 

A large crowd of LDS supporters gathered on Sunday June 02, at Amitye, to hear party leaders on current topics and the forhcoming Presidential election. Popular artistes led the crowd in party songs. 

LDS member of the National Assembly, led by Leader of the Opposition Wavel Ramkalawan, had on Saturday visited residents in Baie Ste. Anne district, to hear of their concerns.

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