1998 Seychellois general election

General elections were held in the Seychelles between 20 and 22 March 1998. Incumbent President France-Albert René and his Seychelles People's Progressive Front won both elections with over 60% of the vote,[1] defeating a divided opposition.

CampaignEdit

On the 4 February 1998 it was announced that the presidential and parliamentary elections would be held at the same time in March.[2] President René and his ruling Seychelles People's Progressive Front were expected to easily win the elections.[3] René enjoyed strong support for introducing a social welfare system and benefited from the inability of the opposition to unite against him.[2] He was challenged by the former President James Mancham of the Seychelles Democratic Party, who he had deposed in a coup in 1977, and also by Wavel Ramkalawan of the new United Opposition party.[4]

The election saw a joint team of international election monitors from the Commonwealth of Nations and Francophonie observe the election, the first time they had sent a combined team to observe an election.[5][6] The team was led by Sir John Compton, former Prime Minister of Saint Lucia.[6] The monitors said the election was mainly free and fair, and complemented it on being well organised.[7] However, there were some complaints about vote buying by government officials.[7]

Election resultsEdit

Presidential resultsEdit

President René won the presidential election with two-thirds of the vote, while former President Mancham was beaten into third place by Wavel Ramkalawan.[8]

Candidate Party Votes %
France-Albert René Seychelles People's Progressive Front 31,048 66.7
Wavel Ramkalawan United Opposition 9,098 19.5
James Mancham Seychelles Democratic Party 6,427 13.8
Invalid/blank votes 977 -
Total 47,550 100
Source: Nohlen et al.

Parliamentary resultsEdit

The parliamentary results saw the governing Seychelles People's Progressive Front win 24 of the 25 directly elected seats and a further 6 of the 9 seats that were elected proportionally.[7] The opposition Democratic Party was reduced to only one seat, while the new United Opposition won three seats.[7]

Party Votes % Seats
Seychelles People's Progressive Front 28,610 61.7 30 +3
United Opposition 12,084 26.1 3 +2
Seychelles Democratic Party 5,609 12.1 1 -4
Independents 60 0.1 0 -
Invalid/blank votes 1,205 - - -
Total 47,568 100 34 +1
Source: Nohlen et al.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, pp785-786 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  2. ^ a b "The Seychelles: parliamentary elections National Assembly, 1998". Inter-Parliamentary Union. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  3. ^ "International: Serpent in the garden". The Economist. 1998-03-14. p. 52.
  4. ^ "News in brief: Seychelles sticks to Rene". The Guardian. 1998-03-24. p. 11.
  5. ^ Cornwell, Rupert (1998-03-12). "Co-operation in Africa". The Independent. p. 13.
  6. ^ a b "Joint inspection team for Seychelles". BBC News Online. 1998-03-11. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  7. ^ a b c d "Rene wins Seychelles presidential elections". Manila Standard. 1998-03-24. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  8. ^ "Elections in the Seychelles". African Elections Database. Retrieved 2009-07-18.