The Seychelles Electoral Commission has announced its decision to strike the names of two political parties from the official registrar in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling delivered earlier on Tuesday. Supreme Court Judge Durai Karunakaran had given the Electoral Commission 24 hours to comply with a court order upholding a previous ruling prohibiting the registration of Linyon Sanzman and Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD) as political parties. The decision comes barely two weeks before parliamentary elections set for September 8 to 10 on the island nation. Tuesday’s ruling mean only three parties – Parti Lepep, the Seychelles Patriotic Movement and Linyon Demokratik Seselwa, along with three independent candidates — will stand in the upcoming polls.
In a press statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the Electoral Commission said the removal of the two names from the register of political parties takes “immediate effect.”
“The nominated candidates of Lafors Sosyal Demokratik (LSD) have also been removed from the list of nominated candidates for the National Assembly election 2016 and therefore are prohibited from electioneering in the forthcoming election,” adds the statement.