Public Orders Act Fiasco
In Friday 24th January 2014 issue of Le Seychellois, the SNP mouthpiece has once again tried to pass the buck on the disaster of the Public Orders Act 2014, and its stray from the intent of the Electoral Commission/Reform Committee intent.
This time, Le Seychellois is calling on the Election Commission to pronounce itself on the ACT which has made numerous severe detours from the recommendations submitted by the Election Reform Committee made up of all political parties, but later, boycotted only by the Seychelles Freedom Party.
|Henrie and Ramkalawan|
Reason For Boycott Was Clear
The reason for Boycott was clear: PL leadership had to attend these meetings and PL be bind by the agreed electoral reforms. This was set out in the PRE-CONDITIONS. When PL broke the line, SNP continued to deliberate without PL leadership in attendance. SNP Led by Ramkalawan, the Priest that acts like a sheep, created the situation where PL could change whatever terms and conditions of the Public Orders Act. Gappy and the Election Commission has had nothing to do with PL breaking its agreement. It was up to all parties, to hold PL hand to the fire at the Electoral Reform process. If PL leadership did not show up, why proceed Ramkalawan?
SFP walked out, and Boycotted, while Ramkalwan stayed on board and enjoyed his take a way box lunch provided by the Election Commission.
Yes There Is Dissapointment
Yes members of the Election Commission are disappointed with the course of action of the PL leadership. PL has taken us back into an era of dark ages and laws that are dictatorship "AAA" . This law makes the Marcos era in Manila look like a cake walk. But the members of the Election Commission are not members of a political party at the table. They were officials charged with executing a process under law, to create a environment in which political parties could dialogue and reach consensus on electoral reform.
When PL did not turn up,SNP should have walked out with SFP. PL would then turn up and the dialogue would continue.
|Electoral Commission Appointed by James Michel|
Now we are faced with a situation that the very thing we wanted : Democracy, is on the chopping block. We cannot blame the Election Commission for that, or Mr. Gappy. They did their job. Blame Ramkalawan and beyond that, let us all see how we can fix this royally screwed up situation before it boils over and explodes into civil disobedience and unrest in Seychelles, which will happen now that the seeds of unrest, discord, violence have been well planted foolishly in the pages of the Public Orders Act.
A Word To Michel
As President Mr. Michel it is nice to dictate orders and assignments to others to free your mind and ease your day. Rene use to do that. But when Rene saw that when things are critical, it is time for real leadership. This Electoral Reform is one case where things were indeed very critical for you , your legacy and above all Seychelles. You failed to meet that call and did not turn up to the Reforms.You broke your party's word and sent Good Faith, and dialogue to hell. You Sir, thought you were too big for dialogue with the Volceres of the World, The Ramkalawan's, the Gill's and so on. If these people are too small for you, what about the rest of the population of Seychelles with an open mind? Are they to be silenced to please you into believing you are so successful, and such a great leader, when you have delivered for us nothing but hardship since 2004?
Be Big Man
I call on you Mr. Michel. Rise above petty politics. Undo this mess created by your bureaucrats. Cancel the Public Orders Act while it is still early. This Apartheid legislation has no place in Africa today, and surely, no place in Seychelles. Recall the Election Commission, start over, and send yourself and the leadership of your party as promised,to attend. Air the discussions on SBC. Be the hero you can be. Rise above the pettiness of the day. Let's get serious in this country once and for all.
Consensus must be meaningful and sincere. It cannot be winner takes all and pushes everyone over the plank.
Respect Democracy, and Democracy will in turn respect you.
Let's build a real democratic country, not a fake one, monitored and run by Irish mercenaries and Gurhkas, because we know it is fake.
Seselwa Unite For Sesel Pou Seselwa!