Commonwealth Expert Team release final report on Seychelles 2011 Presidential Elections

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has released the Final Report on the Seychelles 2011 Presidential Elections.

Following an invitation from the Electoral Commission of the Seychelles the Commonwealth Secretary-General sent a Commonwealth Expert Team to observe the elections that took place 19th – 21st May 2011.

The Expert Team was made up of five members, chaired by Dr. the Hon. Julian R Hunte SLC OBE.

HE Kamalesh Sharma commented on the Report:

“The Commonwealth Expert Team found that the electoral process was credible. I note, however, areas of concern, and the team’s assessment that while some fundamental elements of a democratic environment were met, others were not. Specific issues highlighted in the report included the need for a thorough review of electoral legislation, an independent electoral commission, reform of party and campaign expenditure and financial reporting, and the reduction of media licensing costs.”

The Secretary-General also urged the Seychelles Electoral Commission to consider the Expert Team’s recommendations and encouraged all political leaders to engage in “constructive dialogue”.

To read the full Report please visit the Commonwealth Secretariat website.

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