2020 Seychellois general election

General elections were held in Seychelles on 22–24 October 2020 to elect the President and members of the National Assembly.[2] The National Assembly elections had been due in 2021,[3] but in July 2020 were brought forward by President Danny Faure in order to hold them together with the presidential elections, a proposal supported by opposition parties.[4][5]

2020 Seychellois general election

22–24 October 2020
Presidential election
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  Wavel Ramkalawan 2015 (cropped).jpg Danny Faure (cropped).jpg
Nominee Wavel Ramkalawan Danny Faure
Party SNP United Seychelles
Alliance LDS None
Running mate Ahmed Afif[1] Maurice Loustau-Lalanne[1]
Popular vote 35,562 28,178
Percentage 54.91% 43.51%

President before election

Danny Faure
United Seychelles

Elected President

Wavel Ramkalawan
LDS

Parliamentary election

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All 35 seats in the National Assembly
18 seats were needed for a majority
Party Leader % Seats ±
LDS Roger Mancienne 54.84 25 +6
United Seychelles Vincent Meriton 42.35 10 -4
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
2020 Seychelles legislative election - Results.svg
Results of the legislative election.

The presidential elections were won by Wavel Ramkalawan of the Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS), with the LDS also increasing its majority in the National Assembly, winning 25 of the 35 seats.

Electoral systemEdit

The President of Seychelles is elected using the two-round system;[6] if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the first round, a second round is held between the top two candidates.

Members of the National Assembly are elected by two methods; 26 (with a new constituency established in 2020) are elected from single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post voting, and up to a further ten are elected based on the percentage of votes received by each party; for each 10% of the total national vote received, a party gets one additional seat.[7][8]

Presidential campaignEdit

In August 2019 the United Seychelles Party nominated its leader and incumbent president Danny Faure as its candidate during its thirty-third annual congress.[9] Wavel Ramkalawan from the liberal Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) and Alain St. Ange from the progressive One Seychelles Party (founded on 26 April 2019 and registered on 12 June 2019) are challenging the incumbent. While former speaker of national assembly Patrick Pillay sought nomination, the election commission rejected his candidacy on the ground that he failed to collect the required 500 signatures from registered voters.[10]

While the country recorded only 149 (mostly imported) COVID-19 cases, public health directives still impacted the campaign. For instance, public election rallies were banned. Since there are no active polling institutes, rally attendance had been used to measure support in previous elections. However, the candidates were active in social media, and also participated in the country's first televised presidential debate. The economy was a major campaign issue due to the high cost of living and recent reduction in tourism.[11] While Transparency International ranks Seychelles as one of the 30 least corrupt countries in the world, the incumbent government was considered too accommodating to offshore business interests.[12]

ResultsEdit

On 25 October, Wavel Ramkalawan was declared the winner of the presidential election with 54.91% of the vote, marking the first peaceful transfer of presidential power between different political parties since independence in 1976. He had run unsuccessfully in the presidential elections from 1998 onward. Danny Faure attended Ramkalawan's victory speech; in his speech, Ramkalawan emphasized reconciliation: "In this election, there were no losers, there were no winners — our country was given the opportunity as the ultimate winner."[13]

PresidentEdit

CandidatePartyVotes%
Wavel RamkalawanLinyon Demokratik Seselwa35,56254.91
Danny FaureUnited Seychelles28,17843.51
Alain St AngeOne Seychelles1,0211.58
Total64,761100.00
Valid votes64,76198.10
Invalid/blank votes1,2561.90
Total votes66,017100.00
Registered voters/turnout74,63488.45
Source: ECS

National AssemblyEdit

Party Votes % +/– Seats
FPTP PR Total +/–
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa 35,202 54.84 +5.25 20 5 25 +6
United Seychelles 27,185 42.35 –6.87 6 4 10 –4
One Seychelles 1,420 2.21 New 0 0 0 New
Seychellois Alliance 70 0.11 New 0 0 0 New
Independents 317 0.49 +0.28 0 0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 1,784
Total 65,978 100 26 9 35 +2
Registered voters/turnout 74,634 88.40
Source: ECS

Results by constituencyEdit

electoral area LDS US One Seychelles others tot.valid tot. turnout tot. registered
1 Anse Aux Pins 1496 52,8% 1254 44,2% 84 3,0% 2834 2916 88% 3304
2 Anse Boileau 1564 53,1% 1340 45,5% 41 1,4% 2945 3012 89% 3398
3 Anse Etoile 2161 62,0% 1273 36,5% 50 1,4% 3484 3585 88% 4064
4 Anse Royale 1343 46,4% 1484 51,3% 66 2,3% 2893 2893 86% 3375
5 Au Cap 1845 61,7% 1081 36,2% 41 1,4% 23 0,8% 2990 3071 88% 3509
6 Baie Lazare 1324 55,0% 1083 45,0% 2407 2481 90% 2756
7 Baie Ste Anne 1289 43,5% 1383 46,7% 292 9,9% 2964 3051 89% 3444
8 Beau Vallon 1727 60,0% 913 31,7% 239 8,3% 2879 2963 87% 3421
9 Bel Air 1025 51,7% 870 43,9% 87 4,4% 1982 2028 88% 2315
10 Belombre 1726 63,2% 1005 36,8% 2731 2822 87% 3261
11 Cascade 1317 54,2% 1084 44,6% 27 1,1% 2428 2495 90% 2785
12 English River 1429 57,5% 980 39,5% 50 2,0% 25 1,0% 2484 2575 89% 2908
13 Glacis 1713 62,2% 985 35,8% 55 2,0% 2753 2826 86% 3270
14 Grand Anse (Mahe) 1428 67,6% 685 32,4% 2113 2183 88% 2478
15 Grand Anse (Praslin) 1296 51,8% 1103 44,0% 105 4,2% 2504 2521 90% 2810
16 Ile Perseverance 1438 53,2% 1098 40,6% 167 6,2% 2703 2826 92% 3083
17 Inner Islands 665 37,1% 1105 61,7% 22 1,2% 1792 1838 90% 2046
18 Les Mamelles 1177 58,1% 827 40,8% 22 1,1% 2026 2084 90% 2326
19 Mont Buxton 1449 58,5% 993 40,1% 35 1,4% 2477 2552 89% 2882
20 Mont Fleuri 1317 58,9% 919 41,1% 0,0% 2236 2305 87% 2643
21 Plaisance 1452 53,2% 1221 44,8% 55 2,0% 2728 2845 87% 3257
22 Pointe Larue 966 46,2% 1096 52,4% 28 1,3% 2090 2142 89% 2400
23 Port Glaud 870 48,4% 929 51,6% 1799 1856 92% 2008
24 Roche Caiman 776 44,4% 781 44,7% 192 11,0% 1749 1803 91% 1990
25 Saint Louis 1281 59,9% 781 36,5% 78 3,6% 2140 2187 85% 2572
26 Takamaka 1128 54,7% 912 44,2% 23 1,1% 2063 2118 91% 2329
Total 35202 54,8% 27185 42,3% 1420 2,2% 387 0,6% 64194 65978 88% 74634
source: [14]

ReactionsEdit

  •   United States: The United States Department of State issued a statement congratulating "the Government of the Republic of Seychelles and the Seychellois people on a successful election." The Department further "congratulate[d] Reverend Wavel Ramkalawan on his election and look[s] forward to expanding cooperation on a wide range of mutual interests."[15]


ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ Republic of Seychelles: Election for President IFES
  7. ^ Electoral system Inter-Parliamentary Union
  8. ^ Seychelles : Constitution and politics The Commonwealth
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  13. ^ "Seychelles election: Wavel Ramkalawan in landmark win". BBC News. 25 October 2020. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  14. ^ 2020 National Assembly elections ECS
  15. ^ "Congratulations on Seychelles' Elections". U.S. Department of State. 25 October 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.