The Seychelles Freedom Party leader Christopher Gill and Secretary General Jean Paul Isaac met with the Seychelles Election Commission chaired by Mr. Hendrick Gappy today to discuss the issues surrounding the SFP ongoing Boycott of the Election Reform Round table. SFP is the only party not in attendance of the reform process since the June 2012.
The main issues addressed are:
1. SBC providing adequate coverage of the deliberations to insure that the standard of transparency and best democratic practice is respected to engage the people of Seychelles in a meaningful manner in the reform process;
2. The issue of selective prosecution of political opponents by the AG office;
3. Funding allocation of parties to assist in the reform process, which is now dragging out and will likely take years, not months ;
4. Lack of Air time of Anse Aux Pins candidate in last bye election;
5. Lack of presence of PL leaders as agreed in first housekeeping meetings prior to the launching of the reform process.
On SBC SFP has asked the Election Commission to press the matter before SBC and Executive Branch as reform is process that must include the population and SBC has been cited in numerous international reports for not being independent to date.
On the issue of selective prosecution by the AG office of political opponents, the EC said they cannot do anything about the AG office work.
On the matter of funding of political parties in the reform process, the EC said they will look into it and discuss the matter further. SFP was advised that EU funding though discussed in early housekeeping meetings, never materialized.
On airtime for independent candidates, the EC said this issue is being addressed under new laws.
Regarding the lack of presence of PL leadership as discussed and agreed in the round table by Minister Adam, EC had no comment on this.
SFP trusts the issue of SBC and party fund allocation for the reform can be addressed at the soonest time possible in order that it may resume participation in the Round Table of Election Reform.
SFP finds it unfortunate that other parties have not addressed these issues, and prefer to stay quiet on the matter and proceed as business as usual.