Seychelles’ Electoral Commission to audit political parties for monitoring funds usage

Posted in Business and Economy, Seychelles government at 5:17 pm by Robert Klien

The Seychelles’ Electoral Commission plans to audit the expenses of political parties that received funds for their activities.

According to the interim electoral commissioner, Bernard Elisabeth, political parties receive money every quarter depending on the number of seats they have in the National Assembly. “The money is disbursed every 3months in a year to ensure that a follow up is done by the Commission. Some political parties are even receiving 800,000 rupees every 3 months,” he said. There are 11 parties registered with the Electoral Commission. Some of them are not active but are still receiving funds and they need to be accountable for their expenses.

He added that as of now “all political parties receiving funds from the Commission need to submit an auditor’s report with details of all their expanses including a list of their executive members each year.”

According to the Electoral Commission, SCR 6.5 million is budgeted under the consolidated fund to share between political parties based on the number of valid votes gained in the previous election.

In accordance with the current voter’s register, around 63,000 people are eligible to vote out of the 93,000 people residing in Seychelles. Presidential and Parliamentary elections are held every 5 years in Seychelles. In the last Presidential election in December 2015 the candidate of the ruling Parti Lepep, James Michel, obtained 50.15%.



New Legislation in Seychelles to improve transparency, speed for overseas healthcare

Posted in Business and Economy, Seychelles legislation at 5:22 pm by Robert Klien

Legislation to fast-track decisions on who is eligible for government-funded treatment in other countries is now in force after the President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, signed the Overseas Treatment Act.

According to the Minister of Health, Jean-Paul Adam, the new legislation highlights the way in which any citizen of Seychelles can have access to overseas treatment. The new rules outline the procedures which the specialists within the Seychelles hospital can refer somebody for overseas treatment. Also, it represents the rights of the citizen as regards accessing that treatment.

Adam added that although more and more specialised treatment is being done locally there remains certain procedures by specialists that are not available in Seychelles. It is for that reason that the Ministry of Health is continuing to support a programme of sending patients overseas when necessary.

The government of Seychelles is currently sending over 200 patients per year for specialised overseas treatment not provided in the jurisdiction.

With the aim of making the procedures more transparent, a bill proposed by the Ministry of Health was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in March and approved by the National Assembly last month.