Ballot papers for the second round of the Presidential election arrived in the country last night from South Africa on board an Air Seychelles flight.
The ballot papers were printed at the same South African printers which did those used for the first round.
Electoral commissioner Hendrick Gappy and representatives of the two candidates who have made it to the second – Wilson Joseph representing James Michel of Parti Lepep and Robin Johnstone representing Wavel Ramkalawan of the Seychelles National Party – also returned last night.
A total of 71,000 ballot papers have been printed for the 70,943 registered voters.
This is the first time since the return of multi-party democracy in Seychelles in 1993 that the presidential election goes into a second round. The people will now have to decide who between Parti Lepep’s James Michel and Seychelles National Party’s Wavel Ramkalawan, the two candidates who secured the most votes in the December 3-5 first round, will be the country’s next president.
Voting for the second round will be from December 16-18.
Based on lots drawn on Monday this week, Wavel Ramkalawan of Seychelles National Party appears at the top of the ballot paper followed by Parti Lepep presidential candidate, incumbent President James Michel.
The paper also contains the name of each presidential candidate and the party they represent, followed by that party’s and independent candidate’s logo, the photo of the candidate and an empty box next to it in which the voters will put a mark to indicate which candidate they are voting for.
Voters are reminded that they should put only one mark in the box provided next to the candidate of their choice for the votes to be valid.
Out of the 70,943 eligible voters, there were a total of 62,004 votes cast among which 60,538 were valid votes and 1,466 rejected ballots during the first round. The voter turnout was 87.4%.
Incumbent President, 71-year-old Michel won 28,911 votes (47.76%), while 54-year-old Anglican priest Ramkalawan scored 21,391 votes (35.33%).
Source : http://www.nation.sc
Seychelles Nation (Seychelles)