One of the two Seychellois observer missions that monitored the run-off of the presidential elections earlier this month said Tuesday that civic and voter education needs to improve. The Citizenship Democracy Watch Seychelles (CDWS) said there is a need to improve voter education “to empower all eligible citizens to vote free from intimidation, threats, coercion and voter buying practices.” Seychelles held the second round of the presidential election this month. Incumbent president James Michel won 50.15 percent of the vote, winning a third and final five-year mandate.
CDWS expressed concern over some incidents of violence, verbal and physical acts of provocation and intimidation during the short campaign period.
CDWS noted the fact that the Seychelles National Party (SNP) is contesting the result and is seeking recourse before the constitutional court.
“This also raised the question of constitutional provisions regarding the transitional process and to the legality of the swearing in ceremony,” CDWS said.