The SFP declares its official position on the PL Government attempt to curtail the consumption of Alcohol in the country by Citizens.
The SFP encourages a Alcohol and Tobacco policy that reflects modern 21st century trends and is weary of policy that infringe overtly on the individual’s right to Freedom Of Choice while being mindful of the states interest in promoting peace progress and health welfare of the Nation.
1. The lawful production of non distilled brews such as Baka results in a severe health and welfare burden to society and endangered the health of consumers conclusively. The Government of Seychelles should take steps to end this practice of pedaling illicit brews made of questionable distillery practice and questionable locales at the soonest time possible;
2. Toddy production policy must be re-examined and a report by the Ministry of Health should be made official and public on the consumption nationally and the effects it has on the individual drinking toddy in large amounts daily; before toddy is banned in Seychelles.
3. The sale of Alcohol and Tobacco should not be restricted to hours of the day and discriminate against the Bona Fide Seychellois consumer. Consumption is an individual right to Freedom of Choice to choose first and foremost.
4. However, the SFP believes that the State has a Compelling Interest to insure the General Health Safety and of the Public and similarly, it has an interest in insuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco is effectively collected in the interest of the Public at large. With this in mind, the SFP urges that all Alcohol and Tobacco be sold in individual self contained outlets and the sale be subjected to restricted hours after 2.00pm until 8.00 pm. Alcohol and Tobacco today, should not be sold along with general merchandise that have no effect on the body and mind. Proper rules and regulations for the sale of alcohol must be discussed with the Public and a dialogue ensued, to consider any other valid points that may arise on the matter. Operation of the separate Alcohol and Tobacco outlets should be made available to Bona Fide Seychellois as business opportunities first and foremost.
5. Under no circumstances should the Government create another discriminatory class structure wherein it chooses to sell alcohol to some people at some hours, and to not sell alcohol to other people. This violates Article 27 the Right to Equal Protection under the Seychelles Charter.