Three days to elect a new Parliament starts today
Seychelles goes to the polls from today until 10th September to elect a new 34 seat National Assembly. There are 25 seats elected directly from single-member constituencies and the remaining nine members are elected on the percentage of votes gained by each party on a proportional list system.
In 2011 the centre-left People’s Party (Parti Lepep; PL) took all 31 seats available in that election whilst the main opposition centre-right Seychelles National Party (SNP) boycotted the election. The Popular Democratic Movement, a breakaway group from the SNP managed to win 10.89% of the vote but no seats.
In the 2016 election there are three parties contesting and three independent candidates. The four parties are Parti Lepep, Seychelles Patriotic Movement (SPM) and Seychellois Democratic Union (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa; LDS) and the three Independent candidates are Danny Sopha, Georgie Prudence and Ralph Volcere.
There are around 115 islands in this Indian Ocean nation of roughly 92,000 people. Therefore the election is spread over three days with different polling hours on different islands. The main group of islands will vote on the 10th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. There are 76 candidates standing for the individual constituencies and around 71,000 voters.