Seychelles

National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
22.10.2020 to 24.10.2020
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
06.08.2020
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.10.2025
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
35
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
75
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
4

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
74,634
Votes Number of people who actually voted
65,978
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
88.4%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The Seychelles Democratic Alliance (Lalyans Demokratik Seselwa, LDS), which endorsed Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan as its presidential candidate, won both the parliamentary and presidential elections, defeating President Danny Faure’s United Seychelles party (see note). This was the first time that the LDC had won the presidency of the country.

The 2020 elections were held amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, which seriously affected the country’s tourism industry, although the Seychelles itself recorded fewer than 150 (mostly imported) cases. The parliamentary elections were constitutionally due by September 2021 but were moved forward to 2020 upon a proposal from the President, who said holding parliamentary and presidential elections together would save on costs. 

Note: 
The Seychelles People's Progressive Front (Parti Lepep, SPPF) renamed itself United Seychelles in November 2018. The SPPF had held the presidency of the country since 1977 when it came to power through a coup d'etat.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
2
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
50%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
71.43%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Yes
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Seychelles Democratic Alliance (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa, LDS)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total Majority Proportional
Seychelles Democratic Alliance (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa, LDS) 25 20 5
United Seychelles (US) 10 6 4
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
27
Number of women elected
8
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
22.86%
Other notes
Note on the statutory number of the National Assembly: 
In June 2016, the National Assembly voted to amend the law on elections to create a new and 26th constituency, Ile Perseverance. That would have increased the total number of members to a maximum of 36 (including up to 10 seats allotted under the proportional representation system). In September 2016, the Constitutional Court nullified the provision that would have allowed voters in Ile Perseverance to vote in 2017 and postponed the elections in Ile Perseverance until the following general election (due by 2021). Consequently, the number of members elected under the First Past The Post (FPTP) system remained at 25. In addition, the 2016 legislature comprised eight compensatory seats, or 33 members in all.
The number of constituencies increased to 26 in the 2020 elections to include the new constituency of Ile Perseverance. In addition to 26 FPTP seats, 9 compensatory seats were allotted in 2020. The new legislature thus comprises 35 members in all.
Sources
National Assembly (09.11.202)
http://www.ecs.sc/
REPORT ON THE CONDUCT OF THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS, January 2021, Election Commission of Seychelles
http://www.ecs.sc/index.php/election/2020-elections/category/21-national-assembly
http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com
http://www.nation.sc
https://www.france24.com 
https://www.aljazeera.com
Women Directly Elected
8

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
27
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
8
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
14
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
27.10.2020
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Roger Mancienne (Male)
Political party
Seychelles Democratic Alliance (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa, LDS)
Date of election
28.10.2020