Saturday, August 13, 2011

If The Commission Was Created On July 28th Yet It Was Not Constituted Until Today When Gerard Lafortune Fifth Member Was Officially Confirmed. Can The Commission Act Under The Constitution To Set An Election Date. Does This Mean The Date Set Is illegal???


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OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
PRESS RELEASE
 12.08.2011

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.


Editor’s Note
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.


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

The real question is this. Did Gappy have the right to accept SFP party registration papers ? I can see people lining up to challenge SFP status as a political party.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is illegal.Why? becuase it does respect the norm of the process.This is the first faux pas,we can already ask if changing faces will change the way Pp has been abusing the commission so far.

To the real question.
Gappy,Michel,Lafortune and other cronies said we are in a democracy,.Thus i guess having politcal parties is a norm in democracy?


Jeanne D'Arc

Anonymous said...

It is to be noted that a GIBBS benefits almost exclsuively from all Govt contracts.

Anonymous said...

Well we do not know what Gappy is doing.

We were called in and given an appointment, so we showed up with our documents.

A new commission constituted could ratify a decision of Gappy.

The real issue is whether the commission has any rules or regulations in place for it to act on anything.

That is the issue.

We know GIBBS lives off government contracts. Has Lafortune declared his assets to his wife Anne La fortune at the Central Bank?

Failing to have dialogue in the country, will lead to everything being challenged before courts of Seychelles, and this will dismantle the structures and institutions of State and send investors packing.

Just look at the damage Eden Island has gone under the gun over the past year.

Democracy is not the rule of the majority, PL, it is the integration of the minority and tolerance of all views, and a seat for all parties.

But you communists do not understand that. That is why Seychelles gets Gold medals in sports, that is inclusive, and gets an "F" for the economy and running the country under you Communists.

Seselwa Unite!

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

Christopher Gill

Anonymous said...

Well we do not know what Gappy is doing.

We were called in and given an appointment, so we showed up with our documents.

A new commission constituted could ratify a decision of Gappy.

The real issue is whether the commission has any rules or regulations in place for it to act on anything.

That is the issue.

We know GIBBS lives off government contracts. Has Lafortune declared his assets to his wife Anne La fortune at the Central Bank?

Failing to have dialogue in the country, will lead to everything being challenged before courts of Seychelles, and this will dismantle the structures and institutions of State and send investors packing.

Just look at the damage Eden Island has gone under the gun over the past year.

Democracy is not the rule of the majority, PL, it is the integration of the minority and tolerance of all views, and a seat for all parties.

But you communists do not understand that. That is why Seychelles gets Gold medals in sports, that is inclusive, and gets an "F" for the economy and running the country under you Communists.

Seselwa Unite!

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

Christopher Gill

Anonymous said...

Then the full commission can ratify the election dates. SFP has made a mountain out of a molehill, as usual.

Anonymous said...

Yes you are very right. Commission must act in full present of all member but unfortunately this is Seychelles "Unique by a thousand miles" and who decide what no one knows.

Anonymous said...

There is no mole hill, it is a mountain.

Not necessarily the issues discussed here.

The mountain is this:

THE SELECTION PROCESS IS PATENTLY FLAWED AND NOT INDEPENDENT.

This you can place the blame right on the desk of James Ali(e)x Michel.

Not Gappy, Not Lafortune, Not Purvis, Not Elizabeth, not even Bonnelame ( CAA).

Read the next article. then let's come back and discuss the mess.

The Communists have derailed the democratic experiment in Seychelles. Their action has taken us back to a One Party State.

Seselwa Unite!

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

Christopher Gill

Anonymous said...

And instead of working along with the commission and playing by the rules we look for problems.....

DG

Anonymous said...

DG-

There are big problems. The process of selection has not been independent and this violates and compromises the Commonwealth recommendations completely.

If we stay silent, we compromise, the process of democratic transition in Seychelles, which is not accomplished yet, according to the Commonwealth.

You play along, we will play as we choose to play.

Seselwa Unite!

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

Christopher Gill

Anonymous said...

Gill, one has to do what one feels is right, but sometimes it is strategically more important to play along as one gains more that way. Not asking you to submit yourself, just play along to your(party's) own advantage. Just do it in such a smart way that even they do not see it.

DG

Anonymous said...

I understand your clarification DG.

Thank you.

Seselwa Unite!

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

Christopher Gill

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