Seychelles government acquiesces to demands of international election observers

08:02, June 02, 2011      

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In its first meeting on Wednesday since its re-nomination by freshly re-elected President James Michel, the Seychelles Cabinet of ministers reviewed the interim reports of the international election observer missions on last month's presidential elections.

It agreed to two of its most salient points. These are namely the liberalization of airwaves and creation of an Electoral Commission.

In a press communiqué issued this afternoon, Chief Press Secretary in the Office of the President Srdjana Janosevic said that "The Cabinet decided to take the necessary Constitutional amendments needed for the creation of an electoral commission" and "to make amendments to the Political Parties Act to enable regulation of sources and expenditure of political party funds."

The same communiqué said that the Cabinet also "decided to the reform of the laws which regulate the cost of operating private radio and TV stations."

Three missions representing four international and regional organizations observed the presidential elections which took place between May 19 and 21 and which was won by incumbent President James Michel.

The missions, one from the Commonwealth Secretariat, another from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and a joint one from the Indian Ocean Commission and the Organization International de la Francophonie, declared the elections are free and fair but noted that airwaves had to be liberalized and an electoral commission set up to replace the Electoral Commissioner.

These demands were also made by the opposition led by Reverend Wavel Ramakalawan who had decided to boycott the sittings of the National Assembly until they are addressed.

Source: Xinhua
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