OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Fifth MEMBER OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION SWORN INTO OFFICE
The Electoral Commission’s fifth member, Gerard Lafortune, has been sworn into office at State House this morning.
Mr. Lafortune, who was out of the country when the chairman and other three members were sworn in on the 2nd of August this year, took his Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and Oath of Office in the presence of the President of the Republic, James Michel.
The ceremony was attended by the chairman of the Electoral Commission – Mr. Hendrick Gappy, the Attorney General Ronny Govinden, Secretary of State in the Office of the President- Mr. Barry Faure and Secretary of State for Cabinet Affairs and Civil Service- Mr. Mohamed Afif.
“It gives me great honor to be appointed as a member of the Electoral Commission…. as Seychelles has a very young democracy of 18 years, there are still room for more progress in its development, and as a person with good logistics and organizational experience, I feel that I have the capacity and expertise to bring some contribution in building up democracy in Seychelles,” said Mr. Lafortune.
The President appointed the Electoral Commission on Thursday 28th July, following the nomination of persons by the Constitutional Appointments Authority in accordance of Article 115A of the Constitution. All the appointees had applied to the CAA to be considered for the post.
Mr. Gerard Lafortune is a civil engineer who owns two businesses; a yacht charter business “Ocean Charters” since 2007 and yacht repair “Cascade Slipway Services” since 2010. He is also a shareholder and managing director GIBB engineering services since 2008. Between 2001-2005 he worked for the Government as Principal Secretary for Transport and Tourism, and between 2005-2007 as Principal Secretary for Transport. He started his career in Government as a traffic engineer. During his government career he held chairmanship of the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation, the Seychelles Ports Authority, the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, the National Disaster Committee and the National Disaster Foundation. He is currently a member of the Air Seychelles Board of Directors and well as the National Celebrations Committee. Mr. Lafortune has served as a voter registration officer on two occasions, as well as an officer in charge of a polling station in past elections.