The Seychelles Freedom Party Press Conference of national importance that SBC filmed but is not showing in chronological order as per the links below:
Seychelles Freedom Party
Press Conference Round Table of Political Parties Seychelles
Boycott result of National Assembly has exposed deep challenges for the democratic experiment for the Seychelles.
After the Boycott results, parties asked what next. Seychelles Freedom Party called for round table dialogue with all parties to chart a course forward.
International organizations such as the Commonwealth, Francophonie SADC have urged the government to move forward with “DEMOCRATIC REFORMS” and the Commonwealth in its last report on the May 2011 Presidential elections said” ….after Eighteen (18) years of multi-partism….the Seychelles is yet to make a complete democratic transition”.
Mr. Michel has written to the Election Commission and given the commission mandate to implement “ELECTORAL REFORMS”.
Seychelles Freedom Party welcomes the call for a round table by the Election Commission. We have attended these meetings with the Election Commission and present have been PL represented by Mr. Simon Gill, cc member. SNP has sent Wavel Ramkalawan. DP has sent Ralph Volcere. PDM has attended with Mr. David Pierre.
The mandate of the Election Commission is to assess the need for electoral reforms and make recommendations to Government.
Electoral Reforms are only one small part of DEMOCRATIC REFORMS recommended by the SADC Commonwealth, Francophonie.
The Government of Seychelles has yet to propose a mechanism to move forward with DEMOCRATIC REFORMS, which is much needed in Seychelles today, after Eighteen years of collective neglect of the SPPF PL and SNP in this area.
Examples of abrogation of the Constitution of the 3rd Republic we have to deal with are:
1. Preamble of Constitution insures individual rights are best protected by a democratic pluralist system;
2. Chapter II Curtails the granting of citizenship and we have seen a proliferation of citizenship being granted under the Immigration decree, a one party state law still in place;
3. Provisions to protect from unlawful arrest, detention, without reasonable suspicion has been abrogated;
4. Freedom of Expression under threat;
5. Right to Assemble, abrogated by inaction for over 18 years;
6. Freedom of Movement, restricted on access to beaches;
7. Right to Use and Enjoyment of Property, abrogated;
8. Equal Protection has not been respected and has been abrogated
throughout the last 18 years;
9. The Right To Information abrogated by no FREEDOM OF
INFORMATION ACT in place.
10. State recognizes Right to Health Care- Good health care beyond WHO
11. Right To Shelter has been promised but not delivered to all Seychellois
only to party supporters;
12. Fundamental duty of all citizens uphold defend constitution and
13. Article 49 Interpretation of “Democratic Society”.
14. Article 84 (1) There shall be a Leader of the Opposition who shall be elected from members of the National Assembly.
15. Executive authority of the Republic vests in the Executive.
16. New amendment “Collective responsibility of Cabinet” abrogates Freedom of Expression and Right to hold beliefs contrary to others, Freedom of Association.
17. Article 94 (1) (3)…..The Speaker shall, after consultation with the President and the Leader of the Opposition, determine the order of priority for the presentation of bills to the National Assembly.
18. Article 105(1) provides for salary of Leader of the Opposition.
The proper course of conduct after the results of the election where no party in the opposition participated and PDM obtained less then 10% of the vote to get a seat in the National Assembly, should have been NULL AND VOID the results because it did not meet the minimal mandatory requirements the Constitution of Seychelles.
By proceeding, in action the Election Commission which has validated the results, and the National Assembly, which has sworn itself in without an opposition, has as well ABROGATED the Constitution of Seychelles.
The proper course of action at this time, to rectify this political malaise, is to open dialogue with all parties, but with engagement of high level officials at the Secretary General and Leadership level, to chart a course forward to reassess the Constitution and adopt necessary reforms in light with democratic best practice.
Meetings must be public and open, contributions accepted from all stakeholders, and the final proposed democratic reforms that concern the Constitution be submitted to the people of Seychelles for REFERANDUM approval.
Laws that have to be amended must also be quick listed and so submitted to a new National Assembly for approval.
The existing National Assembly is Ultra Vires and does not meet the minimal requirements of a pluralistic democratic house as required under the Preamble of the Constitution and relevant provisions cited earlier.
We call on Mr. Michel, to set our democratic house in order. We have many challenges ahead, and we cannot face them as a divided country.
In line with this, we must all never forget the overriding principle that has taken our people to where they are today: SESEL POU SESELWA!