Seychelles

National Assembly

Political system
Presidential-Parliamentary
Structure of parliament
Unicameral
IPU membership
Yes

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)
22 Oct 2020 to 24 Oct 2020
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature
06 Aug 2020
Timing of election
Early elections
Expected date of next elections
31 Oct 2025
Number of seats at stake
35
Scope of elections
Full renewal

Candidates

Number of parties contesting the election
4
Total number of candidates
75

Voter turnout

Registered voters
74,634
Voters
65,978
Voter turnout
88.4%

Results

About 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
2
Percentage of parties winning seats
50.0%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition
71.4%
Alternation of power after elections
Yes
Number of parties in government
1
Names of parties in government
Seychelles Democratic Alliance (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa, LDS)

Parties or coalitions winning seats

Parties or coalitions winning seats
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
22.9%
Women Directly Elected
8
Other notes on the elections

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

New legislature

Total number of men after the election
27
Total number of women after the election
8
Percentage of women after the election
22.9%
First-term parliamentarians
14
Percentage of first-term parliamentarians
40.0%
Date of the first session
27 Oct 2020

First Speaker of the new legislature

Personal details for the first Speaker of the new legislature
Roger Mancienne (Male)
Date of birth: 12 Dec 1947
Political party
Seychelles Democratic Alliance (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa, LDS)
Date of election
28 Oct 2020

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No