The SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) has announced that its election observation mission will remain in Seychelles to observe the second round of the 2015 presidential election set for December 16, 17 and 18.
This follows the non-conclusive nature of the first round election which took place from December 3-5.
The SADC PF is a regional organisation of the National Parliaments of SADC member states formed in 1996 and approved by the SADC.
The SADC PF mission which observed the first round of the presidential election was constituted following an invitation by the Electoral Commission of Seychelles. The mission becomes the 40th election observation mission to be deployed to a SADC member state since 1999 when SADC PF started observing elections.
The mission leader is Fezile Bhengu, a member of parliament from South Africa. Parliamentarians from SADC national parliaments and officials from the SADC PF secretariat make up the mission.
The mission will be engaging with stakeholders in Seychelles throughout the electoral process and will observe political campaigning, voting on December 16, 17 and 18, 2015 and the counting process.
The mission’s observation work will be guided by SADC PF’s two election instruments, namely the Norms and Standards for Elections in the SADC Region and the Benchmarks for Assessing Elections in Southern Africa as well as the SADC Principles and Guidelines on Elections and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance among other regional and international election instruments.
The mission’s overall assessment of and recommendations on the second round of the presidential elections will be presented at a press conference on December 20, 2015.
The SADC PF election observation mission has reiterated its call for political parties, candidates, the electorate and all electoral stakeholders in Seychelles to maintain the maturity and tolerance that characterised the first round of the election period.
Source : Seychelles NATION