Seychelles President James Michel has appointed a five-member Electoral Commission, including its chairman, Hendricks Gappy, in preparation for the fresh legislature election, according to news reaching here on Saturday.
In a press communique released by State House on Friday afternoon, Gappy, a statistician and former Electoral Commissioner, along with other four members were appointed by the Head of State for a term of seven years effective from July 28. Other members include businessmen Betty Hoareau and Gerard Lafortune, educationalist Marie-Therese Purvis and Bernard Elizabeth who heads the umbrella body of the Non-Governmental Organizations, LUNGOS.
The first task of the freshly appointed Electoral Commission is to set a date for the snap National Assembly election after the previous one was dissolved by a majority of the vote initiated by the ruling party Lepep.
The fresh election is required by the law to be held within three months after the dissolution of the previous National Assembly, which had 34 members including 23 from the Lepep and 11 from the main opposition party, Seychelles National Party.