The Seychelle electorate went to the polls on Sunday (24 June) in the first general elections since an armed coup two years ago.
The Seychelle electorate went to the polls on Sunday (24 June) in the first general elections since an armed coup two years ago. Voting took place over a four-day period and ballot counting began on Tuesday (26 June). President France Albert Rene came to power in June 1977 when he took over as Head of State from Mr. James Mancham who was in London for a Commonwealth conference. Since then, President Rene has been leading the country towards becoming what he calls a socialist republic.
SYNOPSIS: People were out early to cast their votes on the island of Mahe, one of the more than eighty small islands that constitute the Seychelles.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Ogilvy Berlouis, was among those who joined the queue.
The government provided special buses to transport people from the more remote districts to exercise their franchise. The Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Maxim Ferrari, and the principal Secretary of Education, Mr. Jerome Bonnelanne, paused after casting their votes to chat with voters--and later their colleague the Minister of Information James Michel and his wife.
Voters chose representatives to the National Assembly and cast a "yes" or "no" vote for the incumbent President Mr. Rene. The Minister of Education Mr. Jaques Houdol joined the voters at Seychelles College.
In the capital, Victoria City -- festively decorated for the occasion -- the Minister of Labour, health and Welfare, Mr. Philibert Loizeau cast his vote as did Foreign Minister Guy Simon. The National Assembly consists of twenty-five elected members with a five-year mandate.
Those who could not manage on their own were helped to the polls and President Rena himself made a tour to investigate the turnout and greet voters.