2016 Seychellois parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Seychelles from 8 to 10 September 2016.[1] Three parties and three independent candidates ran for the 25 directly-elected seats.[2] The result was a victory for the opposition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa alliance, which won 19 of the 33 seats.[3] It was the first time since the 1979 elections that the People's Party did not win a majority of seats.[4]

Seychellois parliamentary election, 2016

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All 33 seats in the National Assembly
17 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Roger Mancienne head shot(cropped).jpg James Michel 2014.png
Leader Roger Mancienne James Michel
Party LDS PP
Last election 31 seats, 88.56%
Seats won 19 14
Seat change New Decrease17
Popular vote 30,444 30,218
Percentage 49.59% 49.22%
Swing New Decrease39.34%

Seychelles 2016 Parliament after elections.svg
Composition of parliament

Electoral systemEdit

Members of the National Assembly are elected by two methods; 25 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.[5][6]


The four main opposition parties (the Seychelles National Party, the Seychellois Alliance, the Seychelles Party for Social Justice and Democracy and the Seychelles United Party) formed a coalition, Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) in order to contest the elections, having boycotted the 2011 elections,[7] which saw the People's Party win all 31 seats.

The Seychelles Patriotic Movement nominated 23 candidates for the 25 constituency seats, whilst three independent candidates also ran.[3]


Two international observer groups were present during the election, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU). The SADC observer team of 19 members hailed from eight SADC member countries and covered all 25 constituencies.[8] The AU sent a historic observer team of women-only observers, led by Fatuma Ndangiza, present in the country from 1 to 15 September.[9]

Two local observer groups, the Citizens Democracy Watch Seychelles (CDWS) and the Association for Rights, Information, and Democracy (ARID) also provided feedback.[8]


Party Votes % Seats
District Proportional Total +/–
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa 30,444 49.59 15 4 19 +19
People's Party 30,218 49.22 10 4 14 –17
Seychelles Patriotic Movement 602 0.98 0 0 0 New
Independents 128 0.21 0 0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 1,547
Total 62,939 100 25 8 33 +2
Registered voters/turnout 71,932 87.50
Source: Electoral Commission


  1. ^ Ngowi, Deus. "President Magufuli forms new SADC security organ to observe Seychelles parliamentary elections". Daily News. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Fourth party – Seychelles Patriotic Movement -- prepares to contest September parliamentary elections". M3 Web. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Opposition coalition -- LDS -- wins Seychelles' National Assembly in historic electoral transition Seychelles News Agency, 11 September 2016
  4. ^ LDS supporters celebrate Seychelles' election victory; party leaders agree on unity call Seychelles News Agency, 11 September 2016
  5. ^ Electoral system Inter-Parliamentary Union
  6. ^ Seychelles : Constitution and politics The Commonwealth
  7. ^ Seychelles IFES
  8. ^ a b "Seychelles gearing up for the polls". ETN. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  9. ^ Oluwagbemi, Ayodele (1 September 2016). "AU approves "women-only" election observers to Seychelles". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 4 September 2016.