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Title:Re-Establishing a Multi-Party State: Some Constitutional Lessons from the Seychelles
Author:Hatchard, John
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Seychelles
Subjects:multiparty systems
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161293
Abstract:This article examines aspects of constitutional developments in the Seychelles since 1990, and argues that three fundamental criteria are necessary for a genuine return to democratic pluralism: the implementation of a proper and fairly organized electoral process, the drafting of a new constitution which represents the wishes of the people, and the effective de-linking of ruling party and government. In December 1991 the Seychelles Constitution was amended to allow for a registration of political parties, and in July 1992 elections took place for a Constitutional Commission. The Commission drafted a new Constitution which was adopted by referendum in June 1993. The following key areas of the Constitution are examined: the powers of the President, membership of the National Assembly, fundamental rights and freedoms, and declaration of the state of emergency. Finally the author discusses three factors in the process of de-linking the activities of government from the ruling party, viz. the operation of the media, the organization of local authorities, and the funding of political parties. Notes, ref.