Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DOLOR ERNESTA LAND SCAMS GOES STRATOSPHERIC; SEYCHELLES CORRUPTION

This is an unbelievable story where a former minister, now Vice Chairman of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Parti Lepep central committee member, seriously abused his position of power many many times over to steal government land for himself.


It can be reported that more land scams have been uncovered in the former ministers’ name. They are LD 202, LD141, LD 142, LD 604 and LD 608.There is no enough space to cover all, so LD 608 will be the prime focus. Plot number LD608, which represent 1731 square metres of land was allocated to Dolor Ernesta. He paid SR30,000 for that piece land. This time around he used his elderly father as cover again to acquire the land from L’Union Estate on 24th October, 1994, just like he did for LD756 and LD757.


THE WELL PUBLISHED LAND ALLOCATION POLICY OF THIS GOVERNMENT IS ONE PIECE OF LAND PER PERSON OR IF YOU HAVE (PRIVATE) LAND ALREADY YOU CANNOT GET GOVERNMENT LAND.


Dolor was the minister for lands at the time. This piece of land (LD608) is still registered in his name at the Land Registry. This was a most despicable act by Dolor, because he used his unsuspected elderly father as camouflage to acquire this piece of land in a most unethical manner. Many people are stunned by the way that Dolor has managed to get away so far without having to answer any questions from the authority on the matter. The FIU too has suddenly gone blind on Dolor. Nobody can explain this situation. State House must be on holiday again. This is the first time that a scandal of this magnitude has surfaced in Seychelles and the government has said absolutely nothing to quench the thirst of the people for information on the matter. Apparently corruption does not exist.

LINKS TO MORE TO MORE LAND SCAMS





Tuesday, September 22, 2015

“EDITOR OF TIMES OF SEYCHELLES IS A CONSPIRATOR AND WIFE BEATER”

Dear Sir,

I hope you will grant me some space to respond to your article “George Thande is a Conspirator and Wife Beater” in your Weekend publication 11 September 2015.

I write to you as a shareholder and Founder of The Victoria Times Ltd and on behalf of several other shareholders who have contacted me over the weekend in response to your article. We are extremely disappointed and distressed to see The Victoria Times has descended into such a low grade newspaper when it should be publishing news on issues that are of interest to a large number of readers instead of concentrating on throwing abuse and accusations at another newspaper or individual. When an individual does something that the Editor perceives to be against or in the interest of the public then the newspaper is there to bring out these issues. It was never our intentions that our company The Victoria Times Ltd which originally published The Victoria Times newspaper but later changed the name of its newspaper to Times of Seychelles to be an avenue for individuals to promote their personal views and attack other individuals who in most cases do not have the same avenue to respond. This is very cowardly because a man should have the guts to say to someone’s face what he has on his mind and not hide behind a publication where the people he writes about have no right of reply or at least they are not given a right of reply.

George Thande
The first thing I did when I started The Victoria Times was I created a Code of Practice which I presented to the Media Commission at one of their Board Meetings and by which I ran The Victoria Times as CEO and later as CEO and Editor before the company was handed over to the new management. We have written to the new Board of Directors and we have asked for George Thande to be replaced. The Victoria Times’ success was due to the professional marketing activities and interesting contents that propelled the paper to be well respected and we captured advertisements from companies like Cable and Wireless, Intelvision, Seybrew, Air Seychelles, Seypec and a few other major advertisers because we published a respectable newspaper. We were dynamic and we fought our corner well. I recall one time Ralph Volcere, then Editor of Weekly, tried to run down The Victoria Times and George and I gave him back a response that concluded the duel. We did it in a way that maintained our respective dignity and today Ralph and I can sit down and have a cup of coffee and no harm done. This is the way professionals behave in any industry but in Seychelles we seem to want to hurt each other to make a point, that’s the old way.

 George Thande is fully aware that in Seychelles we do not go round brandishing our long knives (panga) in the street when we are aggrieved. We live in a more docile society than in Kenya, his homeland, and he has been in Seychelles long enough to know our way of life. It seems that the forth coming elections is bringing out the “animal killing instinct” in some of us and they will go to any extreme to try and win even to the point of losing their self respect and perhaps their self-esteem if they have any.

The other aspect that many people seems to forget is that President Michel, the Ministers, the MNAs, the Judiciary, the AG’s Office and all Civil Servants are servants of the people of Seychelles and not our masters. They have been employed to serve us and we are their masters. Just because our hard earned tax money is used to chauffer driven them around in top range black BMWs with tinted glass, so we do not see who is really in the car, and we pay expensive body guards to protect them against phantom enemies, it doesn’t make them our masters. They are supposed to deliver what they promise and what the nation needs not buy up media houses and employ editors to rubbish members of our nation. I personally find this to be alien to my up-bringing. The forthcoming elections will be something we have never witnessed before because of the freedom of the Social Media and we know our rights under our Constitution.

The document you refer to in your article exists and I am the co-author and it is a model of how greed can change a person and how untrustworthy some people can become in their quest to acquire material possessions. It also shows how Government Agencies allow themselves to be used to please their masters and the depth to which they are prepared to descend in their attempt to try and frighten people with their vindictive threats. Lucky for me I fear no one and in battle I like to look at my enemies in the eyes. With every article I write I always publish my email address for any reader to communicate with me if they have differing views or anything else to say to me directly.

We have always chosen the path of resolving our differences in peace and harmony but the material being written by the editor of Times of Seychelles is likely to change the way we settle our differences and we clearly cannot let this happen.

The Media Commission has tried very hard to bring all the media houses and journalists together in a number of seminars and journalists, including those from SBC, who have attended these seminars, four in all recently, appear to have a degree of respect for each other as professionals but The Times of Seychelles failed to attend all these seminars which would have created a better atmosphere for their journalists. People in the street stop me and ask me to do something about the way Times of Seychelles is degrading in contents which means I am not the only one with the perception of degradation.

Let us go into these highly-contested elections with some dignity and respect for our fellow human being. We have the right to belong to more than one political party if we choose to do so. It is not written anywhere that a person can belong to only one political party and why should it be so? President Michel said “our democracy has matured”, well let us behave like matured people and bring everything in the open then let us deal with all issues good and bad because nothing can be hidden any longer. The apparent mistakes by the Electoral Commission (EC) is a starting point because they were entrusted to look after our election laws and if they have allowed phantom voters on the Register then let us replace all the EC members before the next elections. All this should give George Thande plenty of issues to publish and bring Times of Seychelles back up the competitive ladder because there is plenty of news around today. Again it is not all bad because George has done some good work at TVT and it is so easy to think that a person is all bad, not so, I believe he is being used as a mean to an end.

Barry Laine
All nations have a lurid history and our small islands are no exception and we can deal with our past with a high level of professionalism and maintain the dignity of our nation. Some of our compatriots are grieving and they want to bring closure to their grief so let us give them the opportunity. If we can achieve this then we can continue to live in peace and harmony in this beautiful part of the world God has bestowed on us, after all each one of us is a temporary guest of Mother Nature.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to respond to your article.

Barry Laine FCIM, FInst SMM, MCMI, MBSCH

barrylaine@hpcgroup.sc

Saturday, September 19, 2015

PRESS RELEASE



The Press Release below was issued by the following political parties on 18 September 2015:
Parties:
·        Independent Conservative Union of Seychelles
·        Lalyans Seselwa
·        Seychelles National Party
·        Seychelles Party for Social Justice and Democracy
·        Seychelles United Party


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The above 5 opposition parties met with 4 members of the Electoral Commission on Sep 18th 2015 at National House to discuss a number of issues related to the forthcoming general elections in Seychelles. Given the limited time available for discussion, the parties only had time to focus on 2 items:

·        the lack of a credible voters’ register
·        the EC’s failure to provide political parties with an electronic copy of the voters’ register despite a court ruling directing them to do so since July 31st 2015.

The EC admitted that the current voters’ list did not reconcile with officially published reports of the National Bureau of Statistics as a result of which its credibility is now in question.

Political parties agreed that an urgent reconciliation exercise should be done using the latest available information from the NBS and that held by the Department of Immigration. The idea was to produce a list of residents of Seychelles who as of May 31st 2015:

·        held Seychellois citizenship
·        were 18 years of age or above
·        were considered to be resident; a suggestion was to consider only those Seychellois who have resided in Seychelles for a period of at least 3 months during the period 1st June 2014 to 31st May 2015.

It was argued that this new list should effectively tally with the latest population report when taking into account the expatriate population in Seychelles.

EC agreed that this exercise would be done within a week and the results presented to the political parties by Friday Sep 25th 2015 at 0900.

Also on the voters’ register, political parties felt that the EC was in contempt of court for not having provided the electronic copy as directed by the court. Political parties argued that the proposed amendments to the Elections Act were unnecessary and did not specify the format in which the data would be presented. The parties requested the EC to ensure that the data provided to them was in Microsoft Excel 2010 format with the following fields NIN, Surname, Names, Gender, Date of Birth and District. It was pointed out to the EC that in the current amendments proposed to the Elections Act to provide electronic data to political parties, the field for “Date of Birth” had been left out. The EC agreed that this will be taken up urgently with Government and parliamentarians.

In the meantime, it was agreed that the other remaining issues including rules related to the electoral process itself, financing of political parties, voter identification, new districts and local government elections would be discussed at weekly meetings to be organised by the EC with all parties beginning next Friday Sep 25th 2015.
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Ahmed Afif                                         Wavel Ramkalawan                         Robert Ernesta
Secretary General                           Party Leader                                      Party Leader
Lalyans Seselwa                                                Seychelles National Party             Seychelles United Party




Alexia Amesbury                                                              Michael Chadstone
Party Leader                                                                      Independent Conservative Union of Seychelles
Sey. Party for Social Justice and Democracy


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CHAIRMAN OF ELECTORAL COMMISSION IN SEYCHELLES GONE IN HIDING


It is very simple Mr Hendrick Gappy - in 1993 the total population stood at 72,253 whilst registered voters were 50,370 and in 2015 the total population stands at 93,419 whilst registered voters at 72,200. Can you please explain how registered voters have increased by more than the total population over this time period especially when taking into consideration that the non- Seychellois element of total population was the fastest growing part of the equation? Registered voters increased by 21,830 but total population only increased by 21,166 for this same period.


Before appointed Electoral Commissioner in 1999, Mr Gappy had held the positions of Census Commissioner and Director of the National Statistics office previously.



The district of Mont Buxton had 2359 number of Seychellois of 15 and above when the 0-14 age group and non Seychellois component were removed from the total population as reported by the 2010 national census. The total votes cast in Mont Buxton were 2547 in the 2011 Presidential election which means 188 more votes cast than eligible registered voters and this is without 15,16 and 17 year-olds being removed from the calculation. Please provide an explanation for the 4 districts above?

Hendrick Gappys` phantom voters

Thursday, September 10, 2015

WHY IS THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OBSTRUCTING DEMOCRACY IN SEYCHELLES?

Far from rejoicing at the news of Cabinet’s decision, the Seychelles National Party (SNP), Lalyans Seselwa (LS) and Seychelles Party for Social Justice and Democracy (SPSD) all told TODAY that the crux of the issue – the thousands of “phantom voters” on the voters list – remains to be addressed. A statement issued by State House yesterday afternoon declared that Cabinet had approved the EC’s proposed amendments to the Elections Act allowing for the submission of softcopies of the register to political parties “with the provision that the electronic copies should be provided in a secured unalterable format as determined by the Electoral Commission. This would also apply for the list of verified applications for registration as voters, or for transfer of voters to another district, or any claims or objections about entries in the Register, which are published every month by the Electoral Commission”.

The Obstructers 
These amendments will presumably be submitted for approval after the National Assembly resumes for its third term on September 15. But notwithstanding the timing of the changes to the Elections Act, the three opposition parties TODAY spoke to were similarly unimpressed by Cabinet’s decision considering that the Supreme Court had already ordered the EC to submit a softcopy of the register. “This is exactly what the court ordered. It said that the EC should provide an electoral copy and that the law provides for this. The EC did not have to go to Cabinet. It’s a case of passing the buck; it’s not serious”, opined the leader of the SNP, Wavel Ramkalawan, comparing the situation to the about-turn which led to the Public Order Act being repealed in favour of a Public Assembly Bill. For him though, the most pressing issue remains the discrepancy of “ten thousand people” between the population database and the electoral register.

The leader of the SPSJD, Alexia Amesbury, agrees. She considers that “if they give us an e-copy with all the phantom voters” the problem will remain the same. “The list has to be rectified and updated. If not what will have changed?” she asked. For his part, the secretary general of LS, Ahmed Afif, fretted about the logistical challenge ahead. Even if the softcopy is submitted in a format that will be easily “fed into a database” for the purpose of comparison, Mr Afif is concerned about identifying the additional voters on the register: “The softcopy will help us to verify that there are no duplications and divide voters into groups (age groups, etc). But given that there are 12 000 extra names on the hardcopy already, how are we going to know who the extra people are?”

So what’s the next step? Although all three parties agree on the nature of the problem, their proposals for addressing them differ significantly.

Mr Afif believes that the onus is on the EC to provide “a valid explanation as to why there are 12 000 extra people on the register”. He partly suspects however that a new, expunged voters list will be submitted closer to nomination day (the current one was last updated at the end of March). Taking a different tack, Mr Ramkalawan suggests that the EC should “liaise” with the National Bureau of Statistics to verify its list against the population database. He also recommends that a list be drawn for each district, asking voters to come forward to provide their bona fides (if the 10 000 extra voters were divided equally among the 25 districts, it amounts to 400 people per district). “Tell people in the districts to come forward and inform the EC that they are alive”, the SNP leader proposed.


For her part, Mrs Amesbury, who commissioned a statistician to look into the discrepancies following a meeting between the EC and political parties last May, believes that there should be “a verification and recounting” of the register. “It’s has to cleaned of all phantom voters.” She also doesn’t understand why the law has to be amended to allow the softcopy to be handed over to political parties whilst Parti Lepep has had one all along. “There’s something fishy there”, she opined. One thing all three representatives of their respective political parties agree on however is that, “the register has to be credible in order for the elections to be credible”.

Source:Today in Seychelles

OPEN LETTER TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION





9th September 2015

The Electoral Commission
Aarti Chambers
Mt. Fleuri

Dear Mr. Gappy,

Re: A Credible Electoral Roll

I write as Leader of the Seychelles Party for Social Justice & Democracy.

I have read the comments made by the Electoral commission (EC) in the Nation newspaper and needless to say none of the concerns raised in regards to the huge discrepancies in the Voters’ Register was dealt with. It is now of paramount importance and in the National interests that the following matters are cleared up once and for all.

1                Initial research conducted by local experts, based on available data indicate that there has been systematic falsification of the Electoral Roll from as early as 1993, to date (either deliberate or inadvertent) meaning that there has been “election fraud” as past elections were not “free and FAIR” thereby casting serious doubts on past election results, and puts into question the legitimacy of the present government whose mandate emanated from votes cast, and which now appears to have included votes by a huge number of “phantom voters”  and this brings to mind something that Mr. Albert Rene is alleged  to have said in 1997 “zot pour war nanm dan bwat vote.’ It is very simple Mr Gappy, in 1993 the total population stood at 72,253 whilst registered voters were 50,370 and in 2015 the total population stands at 93,419 whilst registered voters at 72,200. Can you please explain how registered voters have increased by more than the total population over this time period especially when taking into consideration that the non- Seychellois element of total population was the fastest growing part of the equation? Registered voters increased by 21,830 but total population increased by 21,166 for this same period.

2                    Recent analysis of the 2011 Presidential elections was carried out using the National census of 2010 on a district level. It was found that in 24 out of 25 districts there were more registered voters than people eligible. As an example, the district of Mont Buxton had 2359 number of Seychellois of 15 and above when the 0-14 age group and non Seychellois component were removed as reported by the 2010 national census, but yet for the 2011 Presidential election there were 2989 registered voters. A gargantuan difference of 630 more registered voters than people. The total votes cast in Mont Buxton were 2547 in the same aforementioned election which means 188 people more voted than possible registered voters and this is without 15,16 and 17 years removed from the analysis. The question now, WAS THE ELECTORAL ROLL FALSIFIED AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WHO CAST THE VOTES FOR THE NON EXISTENT PERSONS?


3                    It has now been documented that the present electoral register of voters includes around 11,000 ‘phantom voters’   unless there has been a deliberate or inadvertent falsification of this list can you please explain to the people of Seychelles how this has happened, and also please explain to the people of Seychelles what steps your office has taken/going to take, to rectify the errors prior to the forthcoming election.

4                    Based on 3 above, all Opposition Political Parties once again requests a meeting with EC, the one you promised last week. At the meeting held on 15th May 2015 between all political parties and the EC, Simon Gill of Parti Lepep admitted that his Party had a soft copy of the Electoral Roll (las i dan nou lamen). So if your office and PL both have soft copies of the Electoral Roll why is it now necessary that you ask the President to amend the Election Act in order to provide other Political Parties with soft copies of the electoral roll with the provision that the electronic copies should be provided in a secured unalterable format when the Supreme Court has already ordered you to do so without the provision?

5                  Unless your office can come up with an explanation regarding the ‘phantom voters’ that have systematically “voted” in the last few elections our local analysis shows that, minus the ‘phantom votes’ in the last few Presidential Elections, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan could have been the winner with over 50% of the legitimate votes cast and I do not need to spell out what this means!

6                  If you are unable or unwilling to explain all of the above my Party will forward all relevant documents to the police to investigate what presently appears to be a serious falsification of documents which is a criminal offence under section 333 of the Penal Code and we will concurrently be seeking assistance from our international partners to conduct a forensic investigation into the matter, bearing in mind that there already exists a report highlighting the discrepancy in the Electoral Roll.

Finally and in a bid to inform the public so as to avoid the kind of nonsensical excuses your office is so often make I quote the relevant sections from the Elections Act the relevant starting with section

7. (1) The Chief Registration Officer shall every year prepare a register of voters, for each electoral area.

(2) In the preparation of a register of voters under subsection (1), the Chief Registration Officer may use 

(a) any information furnished to the Chief Officer of the Civil Status for the issue of a National Identity Card under the National Identity Cards Act, 1995 and for that purpose may require the Chief Officer of the Civil Status to communicate to the Chief Registration Officer such information;

(b) any information furnished to the Chief Officer of the Civil Status for the registration of births and deaths under the Civil Status Act and for that purpose may require the Chief Officer of the Civil Status to communicate to the Chief Registration Officer such information;

(c) any information recorded in the National Population Data Base compiled by the Chief Officer of the Civil Status and  for that purpose may require any such information to be communicated to the Chief Registration Officer;

 “d) any information recorded in the register maintained under section 9 of the Citizenship Act, 1994 and, for that purpose, may require the Citizenship Officer to communicate to the Chief Registration Officer such information;

(e)  not withstanding anything to the contrary in the Census Act, any information compiled by a census officer under that Act, and for that purpose may require the Census Commission to communicate to the Chief Registration Officer such information;

(f)  any information furnished to the Chief Registration Officer by any person who is or claims to be entitled to have the name of that person entered in a Register of voters in an electoral area; or

(g)  such other information as the Chief Registration Officer may obtain from a house to house or other sufficient inquiry.

(h)  information contained in any previous register of voters.

(3) The information acquired under subsection (2) (a)  to (g)  shall only be used for the preparation of a register of voters and shall not be divulged or communicated to any person otherwise than in the performance of the functions under this Act.

(4) The Chief Registration Officer may, on information referred to in subsection (2) , revise not less than once[…]”

 “(5) The register of voters prepared or revised under subsection (1)  or subsection (4)  shall contain 

(a) names of persons who on 1st January of the year for which the register is prepared or revised are entitled to be registered as voters;”

 “Certification of register

9.         (1) The Chief Registration Officer shall, after all claims, objections and appeals have been concluded under section 8, amend the register of voters for each electoral area accordingly and certify the registers.

(2) The registers of voters certified under subsection (1)  shall be the registers for the purposes of the election or the referendum held in any period prior to the next following certification of the registers under that subsection.”

Having produced the law and the duty cast on your office please tell the people of Seychelles whether List of voters certified by you is correct and credible.

We all await your response.

Yours sincerely

Alexia G. Amesbury


Party Leader for Seychelles Party for Social Justice & Democracy.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

VOTING FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

By N.Tirant

Democracies and democrats boast that the next best thing to earthly nirvana is the system of "one man, one vote". Not only is it a great leveller, where richest and most influential have as much voting power as the poorest and weakest, but it also guarantees every eligible citizen the right and ability to freely elect a candidate of their choice in a fair and open contest.

Now that’s the theory! In practice some "democracies" have fine-tuned the art of thriving on a system where one man can getaway with many votes! And ludicrous as this may sound, it would be relatively easy to pull off!

Whilst most observers, international or local, are content to focus their attention on the election campaign counting the seconds allocated for political broadcasts, or the absence of voter violence and intimidation ahead of polling, or how long voters wait in queues to exercise their right or the ease with which they cast their votes, many lip-service "democrats" have worked out "deals" to twist the wheels of democracy and slip through the observers’ blind spots and get away with electoral fraud!

It begins quite innocently with an electoral roll containing thousands of names automatically tied to the civil status register, from where every registered birth by age 18 and up to 15 months before ends up on the list, regardless of whether the child lived or died, emigrated or is too mentally challenged to be capable of exercising the right to vote. Naturally, the same civil status should just as automatically remove the names of those who die in the year. But through a little oversight, provoked by error or by design, the deceased could well remain on the roll and continue voting in many an election long after moving on to the heavenly nirvana.

James Michel voting with phantom voter, Donald Duck, waiting his turn
A law or the constitution, as in our case, could declare that a non-resident citizen or one who has taken up residence for more than six months in the state penitentiary can’t vote. But the burning question is how can we keep the register correctly updated in these instances, if the voter is the only one who can check his own name on the roll?

It’s easy to see how any voters’ register in such circumstances could end up with far more names than actual people on the ground.

It’s even easier to see how any maverick could seize the golden opportunity for universal suffrage to offer him perpetual continuity! A golden pond of absentees just waiting to be tapped to the maverick’s advantage simply by getting them to vote when necessary!

Now that may not be as impossible as you may think; nothing a special pool of "friends" couldn’t pull off come polling day!

Launch a national campaign for ID card renewals with a simple declaration that invalid cards won’t be accepted as proof of identity on the day, and along with the genuine candidates for renewal, the "citizen extras" can be equipped with multiple identities in time to be "bussed" around from one station to the next exercising those "special" rights on the day.

Whilst this may be speculation, the scenario is possible especially in our local context where as far back as 1998 the post-election report of the joint Commonwealth/La Francophonie observer group flagged issues with our voters’ register. The observer group reported that some concern had been raised about the proportionately high number of registered voters in relation to the size of the general population.

The group noted then that the 56,399 names on the electoral register certified on 24 February 1998 didn’t tally with the August to October 1997 census which produced an estimated total population of 78,496 of which 50,054 were of voting age.

According to the report, 9,091 names were added to the register at the start of 1998 bringing the total of electors to 59,145, after which 2,626 names were deleted for various reasons.

The single-man electoral commissioner at the time pointed to the country’s low 1.6% birth rate as a possible explanation and “a high rate of emigration and explained that there were many persons on the electoral register who actually lived abroad,”according to the report.

In their conclusions after the 2001 early presidential elections, La Francophonie observers suggested that the computerization of the civil status register and the electoral roll would guarantee transparency in the election process. But nothing was ever done and the overcharged list remains not only electoral fraud waiting to happen, but can entirely falsify our democracy, affecting percentages and cancelling out genuine efforts of electors!


That’s why, instead of resisting efforts to hand over electronic copies of the voters’ roll that political parties can check, cross check, countercheck and review, the electoral commission would do far better, in the national interest of democracy,to give all citizens access to the whole register in the hope that a nation-wide exercise can help weed out the dead, imprisoned, and non-resident citizens to ensure that the next elections are above reproach and don’t give a voice to some from beyond the grave.

Source:Today in Seychelles

Sunday, September 6, 2015

SEYCHELLES NEEDS A COMPLETELY NEW VOTERS REGISTRY

By A.Pierre

The heart of a nation was ripped out on the 5th of June 1977. Seychelles has been in critical condition since, with attempts to transplant democracy in 1993. It can now be confirmed that Seychelles died awhile ago. Many thought that Seychelles was alive, with democracy pumping through its veins; this is not the case. If democracy is dead, so is the nation. Every 5 years or so the people of Seychelles thought they were exercising their democratic right to vote and to elect a government of their will. This right has been taken away as there is a small sinister group that is tampering and manipulating with the outcome of the voting process for the selfish maintenance of power. Democracy is dead so therefore is the nation.

Click to enlarge
An analysis of the 2011 Presidential elections was carried out using the National census of 2010 on a district level. The census adopted the “de jure” method which entailed a complete count of the resident population present from the 26th to 30th August of that year. This was comprehensive and thorough. The goal of this analysis was to check if the numbers from Electoral Commission (EC) of registered voters matched or came close to the 2010 census figures of those eligible to be on the register of voters. Before obtaining the number for eligibility to be on the voters list of a particular district, the Non Seychellois element and below age of voting must be removed. To be ultra conservative only the 0-14 age group was used to deduct from the total.

National Bureau of Statistics
The findings were totally alarming. For 24 out of 25 districts there were more registered voters than people eligible and this is even more astounding as only the 0-14 age group was deducted from the total population of a particular district. There were 62,762 Seychellois 15 and above; a huge difference from the registered voters for the 2011 Presidential elections as provided by the EC. If the 15 and 16 years old were removed this figure would be close to 60,000. Registered voters for 2011 totalled an incredible 69,480.

The district of Mont Buxton had 2359 number of Seychellois of 15 and above when the 0-14 age group and non Seychellois component were removed, but yet in 2011 there were 2989 registered voters. An incredible difference of 630 more registered voters than people! This means that 97% of the total population of Mont Buxton are eligible to be registered voters. There are almost no children and no non Seychellois apparently in that district! In 2015 the problem is exactly the same, with a total population of 3173(includes below 18 and non Seychellois) for Mont Buxton as published by NBS and 3035 on the voters register as certified by the EC.

In 2015 there are 69,959 people 18 and above of the total population in Seychelles as recently published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This figure includes non Seychellois.  To obtain a figure for eligible registered voters, a correct number of non Seychellois in 2015 must be deducted from the 69,959 figure. There have been no official published numbers of non Seychellois for 2015. Once that is applied the number of voters registered and certified, 72200, by the EC will look farcical; another fixed election in the making.


The penal code states that “Any person who forges any judicial or official document is liable to imprisonment for ten years”.  The Chairman and the 4 members of the Electoral Commission must take full responsibility for the bogus list of registered voters. It is abundantly evident that the list of registered voters contains thousands of phantom voters as detailed earlier. James Michel and his cartel of criminals took power through the barrel of gun where innocent brothers lost their lives. To fix elections by adding phantom voters on the list in order to maintain the grip of power is well within his realm.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WAS THE SEYCHELLES PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 2011 FIXED FOR JAMES MICHEL TO WIN?

By A.Pierre

Population data for 2011 from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reports a total population of 65,102 that were aged 17 and above for that year. The starting age was selected to give wiggle room for any margin of error. This total population figure includes Non-Seychellois as published and verified by NBS. Therefore, Non-Seychellois must be removed from the 65,102 of  those aged 17 and above for 2011. The office of the Electoral Commission states " All Seychellois nationals who are 18 years old and over and who are in possession of a National Identity Card have their names on the register of voters."

Total Seychelles Population aged 17 and above

There were 7798 Non-Seychellois in the 2010 Census data which must be removed from the total population of 17 and above (65,102).

Total population, of which 8.6% are non-Seychellois in 2010

In a NBS publication entitled "Migration in Seychelles: A Country Profile" the number for Non Seychellois  aged 19 and below were 560 for both male and female.To be ultra conservative the number will be rounded up to 600. The number of Non-Seychellois for 20 and above is therefore 7198.

It is reasonable to assume that the actual figure for 2011 was higher as the Non-Seychellois factor is the fastest growing component of the Total population equation; however the 2010 figure will be used to be conservative. In the year 2013 over 16,000 resident permits were issued!


57,904 is the conservative figure. This figure is the total number of Seychellois 17 or above according to NBS data. Somehow there were 69,480 registered voters for the 2011 elections, going by the Electoral commissioners` count; a gargantuan difference from the NBS data of 11,576. This is massive problem. Where did Hendrick Gappy, the Electoral Commissioner, get the extra 11,576 registered voters from? Were these phantom voters added to fix the Presidential election for James Michel? The results of the 2011 as well as the 2006 and 2001 Presidential and Parliamentary elections,because the analysis is the same, must now be called into question.If not, democracy is dead and buried in Seychelles for good.Is it a coincidence that the past 3 cycles of elections Hendrick Gappy has been in charged? He became Electoral Commissioner in January 1999.

In fact for the 2011 Presidential election there were more votes, 59242, than humanly possible! If the phantom voters were deducted from James Michel 2011 Presidential votes, as they would not have gone anywhere else, he would be left with only 20,390; meaning he would not be President.The only other possibility is the the data from NBS is so far wrong that the bureau must be immediately shut down for wasting public money. 

Did the fixer at State House forget about the non-Seychellois part of the equation, when compiling the bogus voters register?

The numbers just do not add up.And the exact same scenario is being played out for the forthcoming elections. Seychelles must be saved.