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Seychelles: Seychelles Presidential Race Heading for Run-Off Within 14 Days

2015/12/08

Seychelles eligible voters will once again be called to the polls from Wednesday December 16 to Friday December 18, 2015 in a second round of voting.

None of the the six candidates contesting the island country's presidential elections held from December 3 to 5, 2015 could win the 50 % plus one votes that was needed for an outright majority in the initial round.

The contest in two week's time will be between the incumbent President James Michel, Leader of the ruling 'Parti Lepep' and Leader of the Seychelles National Party Wavel Ramkalawan who have secured the majority votes.

Next a long night's wait, the island country's Electoral Commission announced the results close to 5 am at its headquarters in the Seychelles Capital of Victoria.

This was in the presence of the candidates themselves, observer missions, religious leaders and members of the diplomatic community in Seychelles.

James Michel who was bidding for his third and final mandate at the helm of the Seychelles government has won 28, 911 valid votes or 47.76 %.

His closest rival Wavel Ramkalawan has won 20,540 valid votes or 33.93 %.

Patrick Pillay, a former high-ranking figure within the ruling 'Parti Lepep' as well leader of 'Lalyans Seselwa' has secured 8,593 valid votes or 14.19 %.

David Pierre Leader of the Popular Democratic Movement has won 1,283 valid votes or 2.12 percent

Alexcia Amesbury, Leader of the Seychelles Party for Social Justice and Democracy, as well the initial female candidate in a Seychelles presidential election has won 803 valid votes or 1.33 %.

The sole Independent candidate Philippe Boullé has won 408 valid votes or 0.67 %.

Since the establishment of the Third Republic, which saw the return of multi-party system in 1993, the ruling party has won each single presidential election in the initial round and this is the initial time there is a run-off presidential election.

According to the Electoral Commission, out of the 70,943 eligible voters, there were a total of 62, 004 votes cast part which 60, 538 valid votes and 1,466 rejected ballots.

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