The SFP notes the press release of the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General's office on the matter of the Electoral Reform Process and has the following comments for the Public to remain abreast of the situation as it degrades further.
* The Electoral Reform was initiated because laws were not in place to effect a credible democratic process in Seychelles since 1992.
* It is for this reason why the Commonwealth sent an expert here to assist Seychelles and it was recommended and agreed by all parties to reform that no proposal of the Electoral Reform Commission shall be amended by the Executive or Legislative authority.
The current executive authority initiated the reform and the legislative authority lacks sufficient credibility to amend laws as its only opposition seat was mandated only under a Court of Appeals decision and the seat was not won out right by the will of the people expressed clearly.
* The Attorney General attended the election reform process once, and sent an adviser to attend thereafter. The proposals submitted by the Commission were work that the Attorney General has assisted in drafting.
* To make amendments at this point, is dishonest and shows gross disrespect for Seychelles quest for a democratic culture.
* SFP ask leaders involved in the Election Reform process, which is now derailed to get it back on track and seek the earnest commitment of the Executive Branch to see it through, meeting its commitments along the way and not breaking them.
* This is why SFP has boycotted these reform meetings, and we will continue to do so until such time, that the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch and all parties demonstrate that they are serious and engaged to meet their commitments to see a democratic culture enshrined in Seychelles to replace the one party state tendencies which prevail until today, sadly.
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