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Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) officially launched its presidential campaign Wavel 2020 with its slogan ‘Sesel pour tou son zanfan on Sunday, 2 August 2020. The launch coincided with a much-anticipated motorcade that took place on the same day starting from New Port, Victoria through to the south of Mahe.


Before departing on the motorcade, LDS presidential candidate, Wavel Ramkalawan, alongside his vice-president candidate, Ahmed Afif addressed the anticipated crowd at the IDC car park with a few words, “My brothers and sisters, today we officially launched our election campaign, but first and foremost, I would like to thank each one of you for the hard work you have done till now which has helped us to get to where we are today. The LDS team’s main focus is to put Seychelles first; this is the main reason why the theme for our campaign is ‘Sesel pour tou son zanfan’ [Seychelles for all its children]. When we say Seychelles for all its children, we are saying that once and for all, Seychellois as a people, we must all unite and we must get rid of the ‘ek nou, pa ek nou’ [with us or not with us] system. LDS is saying that every Seychellois has a part to play for the betterment of Seychelles, as we are all children of Seychelles,” said Ramkalawan.


Ramkalawan stated further that during the coming weeks, LDS would show the people how the team will make improvements for Seychelles and how they will reinforce its democracy and institutions. “We will reassure the Seychellois children that they will be able to achieve their dreams, whatever that may be. If they want to venture into business, they will be able to do so, if they want to work in government, they will be given the opportunity to work for Seychelles. 


For the youth, I want to tell you that LDS sees you as an integral part in the development of Seychelles; therefore LDS is not here to buy your votes but rather to tell you that with LDS, you will be given the right opportunities from birth for you to become the proud Seychellois that can contribute to your country,” expressed Ramkalawan.


The LDS presidential candidate also pointed out that the slogan ‘Sesel pour tou son zanfan’ also envisioned a Seychelles without corruptions and abuse of state funds and theft and regardless of your political affiliations or colours or your ethnicity, we are all Seychellois and will have a role to play for Seychelles.


With the campaign launched and in full swing perpetuating a clear message of unity for Seychelles, the LDS team and its activists will continue to seek the change that will bring benefits and betterments to not just a handful of people but to Seychelles as a whole and all of its children.


Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) continue with their home visit campaign this weekend, this time calling on the district of Baie Lazare.


The blitz on the western part of Mahe on Saturday, 1 August 2020 saw around 200 LDS activists converged and accompanied by their presidential and vice-presidential candidate as they visited homes all through Baie Lazare. The journey led the LDS team through the farming community of Val d'en Dorre through Dan Fatak whilst going through Anse Poules Bleues meeting the various residents.


With more than 700 houses visited by LDS activists on Saturday, 25 July 2020, it was also an opportunity for the LDS presidential candidate, Wavel Ramkalawan and his running mate, Ahmed Afif to meet the populace of Anse Boileau and listen to their plights and concerns directly affecting them.


In the last 3 weeks, LDS also visited nearly 600 houses in the eastern district of Pointe Larue involving some 200 LDS activists from all over Mahe spreading the message of hope and change among its community. 


Always welcomed by familiar faces and its residents, Ramkalawan and Afif, accompanied by LDS elected member for Anse Boileau district, Philip Arissol walked freely in the southern district as they met and greeted the local inhabitants. With their warm and joyous smile evident as they welcome their future president and vice-president into their home, their continued support can only be translated into a message of hope and change on the horizon, a fight Ramkalawan has never given up on.


The home-visit campaign started late last year and eleven districts were visited, including Port Glaud, Plaisance, Anse Aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Au Cap, Bel Ombre, Glacis, Perseverance, Pointe Larue, Roche Caïman, Takamaka and now Baie Lazare added to the list. It is worth noting that both Ramkalawan and Afif are amongst the LDS activists in the field each weekend as they set out to engage with Seychellois from all walks of life, irrespective of their political affiliation. The campaign aims to bring LDS closer to the communities and its residents and to better understand the challenges they face daily and also giving LDS and its activists an opportune moment to connect with the people and truly listen and empathise with their struggles, for the future of Seychelles will depend on all its children.

The countdown to Presidential  Election begins on August 2nd for LDS. It has taken the date, to officially launch its campaign, although campaiging activities have been ongoing for several months. While LDS is following recommended caution for  mass gatherings such as rallies, the motorcade is an alternative for supporters to get together but avoiding close contacts. 

The event will start at 1.00 pm on the New Port car park in front of the IDC premises and will go to south Mahe and back. It will start with a short address by the party’s presidential candidate, Wavel Ramkalawan. 

Supporters have been instructed to observe health guidelines which are being recommended generally. Topping the list is the wearing of masks.Any mask will do, organisers say. But for the more enthusiastic  masks with the LDS logo and sometimes with the national olours have begun to appear. This will be an occasion for participants to display their support with full party colours. 

There are also guidelines on limiting the number of persons in vehicles. Cars should have only four persons, unless they are all family members living in the same house. Pickups should have limited number of people, according to size, to observe the basics of social distancing. 

Organisers are also insisting that participants stay next to their vehicles on the car park and avoid congregating in groups. There will be no stopping on the route, again to avoid close contact. 

This year’s political campaign will have fewer activities but LDS believes supporters will be no less enthusiastic because of the historical significance of this presidential election when it is looking to make the first peaceful transition of power since Independence in 1976.

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