Despite the LDS win of 19 seats to 14 seats the ruling Parti Lepep remains in power with James Michel as President until their mandate runs out in four years time in 2020.
The LDS victory means however that
it will nominate
the Speaker of
in addition to
the Leader of
They will be in
control of the
body of the
country for the next five years.
For LDS to bring about radical changes
in the Executive, it is necessary to have
a 2/3 majority, in other words at least 23
seats. Even then, it could only vote out
a President at a time of acute crisis, or
gross wrongdoing by the Presidency
which would have to be upheld by the
Supreme Court. The Speaker is a crucial
post as he or she decides what items,
such as proposed legislation, motions and
questions will feature on the Assembly’s
Since 1993, when Ramkalawan was the
sole member of the United Opposition
(UO) party, the Assembly has been meeting
once a week, which is on Tuesday.
Wavel Ramkalawan of LDS said during
the campaign that if his party wins, the
Assembly will meet three full days every
week. This was not done even when he
was Leader of the Opposition from 1998
to 2011. It remains to be seen whether
the LDS will fulfill its commitment to the
electorate - meeting thrice weekly will
leave little time to attend to the electorate who voted them in.
The Parti Lepep has been more realistic
in proposing two weekly sessions.
Despite the LDS having more seats, the
overall votes tally is about equal for both
Each side scored 49% of the votes, with
the remainder going to the Seychelles Patriotic
Movement (SPM) and the three
LDS scored rather heavily- 57% at Au
Cap with Stephen Pillay, Beau Vallon
with John Hoareau and Anse Etoile with
Its traditional bastion of St Louis however
went down to 55% or a majority of
just over 200 votes.
Parti Lepep repeated its record of 70%
with Noline Sophola at Inner Islands,
while veteran Charles de Commarmond
of Cascade secured a sixth mandate with
Parti Lepep also easily retained Pointe
Larue, Roche Caiman, Grand Anse Mahe
and Baie Ste Anne with scores of over 55%.