National Assembly (Seychelles)

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National Assembly

Assemblée nationale
Logo of the National Assembly of Seychelles.svg
Type
Type
History
FoundedJuly 30, 1993 (1993-07-30)[1]
Leadership
Speaker of the National Assembly
Nicholas Prea, LDS
since 6 March 2018
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly
Ahmed Afif, LDS
since 6 March 2018
Leader of the Opposition
Wavel Ramkalawan[needs update], LDS
since 27 September 2016
Structure
Seats33 members (25 constituencies, 8 PR)
Seychelles 2016 Parliament after elections.svg
Political groups
     SNP 19
     PL 14
Elections
Parallel voting
Last election
8–10 September 2016
Meeting place
Seychelles National Assembly.jpg
National House, Victoria, Seychelles
Website
www.nationalassembly.sc
Coat of arms of Seychelles.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Seychelles
Constitution

The unicameral National Assembly (French: Assemblée nationale, Creole: Lasanble Nasyonal) is the Seychelles's legislative body.

The National Assembly in its current constellation formed following elections held on 8, 9, and 10 September 2016, with a total of 33 members. 25 members are elected in single member constituencies using the simple majority (or First-past-the-post) system. The remaining up to nine members are elected through a system of proportional representation. Members serve five-year terms.

14 women occupy seats in the National Assembly (42.4%).[2]

The current Speaker of the National Assembly is Nicholas Prea, in office since March 2018.[3]

The current National Assembly was preceded by the Legislative Council of Seychelles from 1962 to 1970, the Legislative Assembly from 1970 to 1974, the House of Assembly from 1975 to 1976, the National Assembly 1976 to 1977 and the People's Assembly from 1979 to 1993.[4]

List of Speakers of the Legislature[edit]

Position Name Took office Left office Notes
Legislative Council of Seychelles Julian Asquith, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith
Hugh Norman-Walker
Bruce Greatbatch
January 1962 November 1970 Also colonial governors

[5] [6]

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Michel Lousteau-Lalanne 1970 1974 [7]
Speaker of the House of Assembly Michel Lousteau-Lalanne 1975 1976 [7]
Speaker of the National Assembly Michel Lousteau-Lalanne 1976 June 1977 [7]
In abeyance June 1977 1979 [8]
Chairman of the People's Assembly David Thomas 1979 1979 [7]
Chairman of the People's Assembly John Renaud 1979 1983 [7]
Chairman of the People's Assembly John Mascarenhas 1983 December 1987 [7]
Chairman of the People's Assembly Francis MacGregor December 1987 1993 [7]

Speakers of the National Assembly of Seychelles since the 1993 multiparty elections:

Legislature Name Entered office Left office
First National Assembly Francis MacGregor 30 July 1993 1998
Second National Assembly Francis MacGregor 30 March 1998 2002
Third National Assembly Francis MacGregor 17 December 2002 2007
Fourth National Assembly Patrick Herminie 29 May 2007 2011
Fifth National Assembly Patrick Herminie 2011 September 2016
Sixth National Assembly Patrick Pillay 27 September 2016 29 January 2018
Sixth National Assembly Nicholas Prea 6 March 2018 Incumbent

Current National Assembly election results[edit]

Seychellois parliamentary election, 2016

Party Votes % Seats
District Proportional Total +/–
Linyon Demokratik Seselwa 30,444 49.59 15 4 19 +19
People's Party 30,218 49.22 10 4 14 –17
Seychelles Patriotic Movement 602 0.98 0 0 0 0
Independents 128 0.21 0 0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 1,547
Total 62,939 100 25 8 33 +2
Registered voters/turnout 71,932 87.50
Source: Electoral Commission

Previous National Assembly election results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 29 September until 1 October 2011 National Assembly of the Seychelles election results
Party Votes % Direct
seats
+/- Proportional
seats
+/- Total
seats
+/-
People's Party 31,123 88.56% 25 +7 6 +1 31 +8
Popular Democratic Movement 3,828 10.89% 0 0 0
Independents 194 0.55% 0 0 0
Total (valid votes; turnout 74.3%) 35,145 100.00% 25 6 –3 31 –3
Source: African Elections Database
Political Party Election Year
1993 1998
Seychelles People's Progressive Front (SPPF) 27 30
United Opposition (UO) 1 3
Democratic Party (DP) 5 1
Total 33 34

Note: The United Opposition (UO) was a coalition of three political parties - the Seychelles Party (Party Seselwa, PS), Seychelles National Movement (SNM), and the National Alliance Party (NAP). In 1994, its member parties merged and contested the 1998 elections as a political party under the same name. Soon after, the United Opposition was renamed Seychelles National Party (SNP).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ernesta, Sharon (August 2, 2018). "8 facts about the logo of the Seychelles National Assembly". www.seychellesnewsagency.com. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Electoral Commission, "Detailed election results", Electoral Commission of the Seychelles, September 10, 2016. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  3. ^ Patsy Athanase and Betymie Bonnelame, "A new legislative look: Seychelles’ sixth National Assembly sworn in", Seychelles News Agency, September 27, 2016. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  4. ^ History of National Assembly
  5. ^ https://books.google.fi/books?lr=&hl=fi&id=zk2NAAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22legislature+of+the+seychelles%22
  6. ^ https://books.google.fi/books?lr=&hl=fi&id=k32NAAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22legislature+of+the+seychelles%22
  7. ^ a b c d e f g A Parliamentary History of Seychelles
  8. ^ https://books.google.fi/books?lr=&hl=fi&id=0KKNAAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22parliament+of+seychelles%22

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