The Seychelles began voting in a presidential election Thursday, with remote islanders the first to cast ballots in a race that sees incumbent James Michel facing a serious challenge for the first time after two terms in office. Voters on the tiny far-flung rocky island of D’Arros, some 255 kilometres (160 miles) southwest of the main island Mahe, were among the first to vote in the three-day poll, election officials said. The tourism-dependent Indian Ocean archipelago, a former British colony, is made up of 115 islands, some as many as 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from Mahe. “We have received confirmation that D’Arros has finished voting, and the plane is returning back to Mahe,” said Charles Morin, the chief electoral officer.
Voting takes place on remote islands on Thursday and Friday, with the majority of polling taking place on Saturday on the three main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, home to most of the archipelago’s estimated 91,000 citizens.
“There are islands where it takes just 45 minutes… there are others where it lasts two hours, but what is important is that everyone can vote,” added Morin.
Michel, of the Parti Lepep — “The People” in the local Seychellois Creole language — hopes to win a third and final term, as permitted by the constitution, but faces five other candidates.
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