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LDS Presidential Candidate Wavel Ramkalawan presented a donation of SR60,000 to the Nurses Association.

The contribution was a collection from LDS Members of the National Assembly, representing 10% of their monthly salary, with some additional contributions made to them from the public. 

The MNAs have pledged to make a similar donation to different organisations for 3 months. 

Rosie Bistoquet, chairperson of the Association, received the donation at the association's office at Mont Fleuri. 

As our nation continues to examine the implications of the recent cases, LDS joins its voice to others in our society in denouncing the abuse of minors and in particular to condemn those convicted for this on their own plea of guilt. Our nation cannot accept that our children should be preyed upon or exploited for any reason, first and foremost  for the sexual pleasure of adults. Children should be protected and guided in these early years of life. We stand by those who have been victims and pray that through counselling they will emerge as strong citizens. 

We commend the work of the institutions and persons who have brought the recent cases to justice, namely the Police, the Attoney-General’s Office,  the organisations for protection of children and the Judiciary. We express our support for the work to continue but at the same time we recognise that much more must be done to establish a clear way forward to ensure that we can prevent any case of the sort in the future. 

LDS calls on all our national institutions to make it an urgent priority to develop and implement a concrete program of action to prevent sexual abuse of minors in our country. 

In line with this, LDS commits itself through its majority in the Assembly to make it an urgent priority to bring this subject to the fore. It will consider as a priority any piece of legislation that seeks to protect our children and prevent abuse. As we have done in the past, we take our contribution in this situation seriously. We call on the Government to bring the necessary legislative amendments as soon as the National Assembly resumes in May.  The LDS will use the means at its disposal to request, promote and support a concerted effort to deliver on a commitment to this cause. 

Without suggesting that we have the answers to such a complex problem, we wish to propose  an examination of certain relevant issues which have been brought to light through the recent cases.

1. Our laws regarding the use of the internet and social media must be examined to make changes to prevent their exploitation for illegal or anti-social purposes. The police and other agencies concerned need to develop the capacity to better identify any use with criminal or harmful intent. We call on greater collaboration with international organisations engaged in this fight to ensure that the internet is not used as a tool for the exploitation of minors.

2. We need to seek and promote the concern of our whole nation on this cause, and to develop a national engagement towards a society that is always safe and secure for our children.

Our social institutions, in particular the family and educational system, need to develop better strategies  and awareness and prevention programs. 

3. Certain aspects in the way in which such cases are handled, in particular the justification for non-disclosure of the names of perpetrators, need to be re-examined to carefully assess their impact on the prevention of sexual predation and protection of children.

4. The Government institution primarily responsible for this area, the Ministry of Family Affairs, should immediately take up the task of  bringing together the relevant organisations  to establish a clear way forward and to co-ordinate the national effort in this cause .

LDS re-affirms its own commitment and readiness to support all efforts  by our national institutions. 

Roger Mancienne          April 22, 2020

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. 

LDS Secretariat

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