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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.

The decision of President Danny Faure to withdraw the request for the Electoral Commission to proceed immediately with a referendum on the issue of non-resident Seychellois citizens voting in national elections was necessary. It averts a serious breach of the Constitution implicit in his request.

LDS has maintained that the Constitution requires an Act to etablish the legitimacy of the referendum. The request for the Electoral Commission to proceed without one was a grave error and a blatant disregard of the rule of law.

LDS holds however that what is required is not “legislation relating to the holding of referenda in Seychelles”, as indicated in the statement from the President’s office today. What Article 164 of the Constitution requires is a specific Act that applies to the issue in question. Such Act is needed to establish in law the question that is to be put to the voters, the manner in which the results are to be interpreted such as the percentage of the vote required for approval of the issue, and the consequences of the vote. It is these critical elements that are not covered in the Elections Act and which can only be established in an Act specific to the issue. It is to be noted that the existing Elections Act already provides for the manner in which voting in referenda is to be organised and conducted.

While a specific Act under Article 164 is in conformity with the Constitution, LDS ontinues to question whether a referendum on the stated issue is required at this point. The right for all Seychellois citizens to vote is already enshrined in the Constitution and the Elections Act provides for a manner in which they can be registered. Many Seychellois residing overseas are already registered as voters. Before any change is sought in the Constitution or the law, there must be a thorough examination of what changes can and should be made, and to what consequence.

The Electoral Commission is already tasked with implementing a number of reforms to the Electoral procedures and regulations to enable national elections, in particular the forthcoming Presidential election, to be free, fair and fully credible. The question whether the proposed referendum is a justifiable priority in terms of expense and resources at this time is of importance.

LDS will continue to weigh all considerations for the issue to be decided in the best interest of our democracy and the rights of our citizens.

Roger Mancienne                                                                                                         June 03, 2019

Party Leader

LDS Secretariat

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