After meeting Citizens Democratic Watch Seychelles Freedom Party Meets SADC.
Seychelles Freedom Party met with SADC’s team today prior to the national assembly election 2011 which we will not be taking part in; inview that certain recommendations made by International observers for democracy to exist in Seychelles has not yet been implemented.
Mr. Kingsley Sebele, Mr. Lovemore Sekeramayi, Mr. Muzanima Erastus Jason of SADC observers spoke to the secretary general of Seychelles Freedom Party Mr. Jean-Paul Isaac and Administrator Ms. Vanessa Gertrude at SFP office, Dockland Rm 16 On the upcoming national assembly election and the reason for boycotting this election.
The SADC observers clearly stated that they were here to observe rather than monitor the election processes. Concerns regarding the electoral commission, the ballot box, voter education, campaign and formalities were raised. The secretary general explained the concerns of Seychelles Freedom Party regarding the non implementation of democratic standards and why the boycott is of existence, allegations of voter’s list credibility, alleged states fund being used in the election by the ruling party was also a topic raised by the (SG) of SFP.
The creation of PDM (Popular Democratic Movement) was discussed on. It’s sudden existence constituting of ex- SNP Executive member and the dissolution of the national assembly with the vote of one of PDM’s member for Au cap Jane Carpin. The time frame of seven days of the creation and it’s candidates as well as leadership was also raised in the talk.
Important point of the creation of the electoral commission through a process whereby the constitutional court authority (CAA) appoints seven candidates which the president picks five out of the lot is also is the main point which was discussed with SADC showing that the president took power away from the (CAA) reducing it Power.
The SADC observers which are split into three teams for these meetings with political entities and party; whereby SFP met team 1 took note of the various concerns and reason why Seychelles Freedom Party is boycotting the parliamentary election 2011.