Elections Get Underway in Seychelles

Seychelles citizens are at the polls for the country's presidential and legislative elections. There are three candidates in the running for the top seat. Incumbent Danny Faure represents the United Seychelles Party, Wavel Ramkalawan is from the Seychelles Democratic Union, and Alain St Ange is from the One Seychelles Party. Because the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the tourism-based economy since the country closed its borders in March and only began phased re-opening in June, the elections are running concurrently to save money. Guidelines for observer groups were conducted virtually in August, in collaboration with the Southern African Development Community, SADC. The country has done fairly well in adhering to the principles of free and fair elections. Since 1993, it has conducted five multiparty presidential and legislative elections. Observers have consistently praised its elections for being generally credible, transparent, peaceful, free, and fair. The electoral management body appears to be playing its role fairly well, and the amendments to the electoral laws are an indication that the Seychellois government is intent on upholding the principles of electoral procedure and practice that it has committed to, write Suzanne Graham and Victoria Graham for The Conversation Africa.

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