Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Viral Dhanjee & Running Mate

From the Residence of Viral V. Dhanjee
Union Vale
I, Viral V. Dhanjee, protest most forcefully the fact that my right to participate, as a presidential candidate, in the upcoming Presidential elections has been denied.
I firmly believe that single-handedly I and I alone, would have thrown the Presidential Elections into a second round. That would have been ONE of my main objectives in wanting to take part in this coming Presidential Election.
Throwing the elections into a second round would have had the effect of redefining the political landscape of Seychelles, ensure an irreversible boost to democracy in the Seychelles and an important step to taking the people of Seychelles to the next level as ADVANCED CITIZENS.
Without me in the game, I do not believe that the election will go into a second round.
Furthermore, I believe that in this very important election the SNP should have fielded their strongest team and not their reserve team as it is impossible to win against the SPPF/LE PEP even when the opposition is in majority. That, I believe, was the case in 2001, 2006 and 2007.
The second round would have been played between the giants in any case. I fail to see what anyone could have been scared of if I had been allowed to exercise my constitutional right and participate as a candidate. Whichever of the two giants actually won at the end of the day would have a more politically mature population to govern.  What could possibly be so bad with this? ? On the other hand the population would have had much more transparency and good governance from the ruling party. Isn’t that a most wonderful legacy for anyone to have?
With the elections being played out in the first round only there can and will be only two winners, namely the presidential candidates of the two big parties, with both getting their wages, pensions and gratuities.
If the elections are played out over two rounds the additional winner by far is the People of Seychelles. Only then can we truthfully claim the slogan ‘Winning for all Seychellois’.
In his autobiography “Distant Horizons—My Reflections’, which he would have us accept as his legacy, presidential candidate James Michel has omitted many chapters to which another can now be added; that of democracy under his rule and the state he leaves it in when he finally goes.
I also believe that the electoral ballot paper should include a blank space for those who have no confidence in any of the proposed candidates and believe that no one deserves their vote.
I am filing a case in the Constitutional Court of Seychelles to contest the decision of the Electoral Commissioner to deny me my right to participate, as a presidential candidate in the elections and I will seek an injunction to have the elections and the election campaign stopped until my participation is approved.
I have also advised the Commonwealth Secretariat of this serious breach of my constitutional rights.

Viral V. Dhanjee
Union Vale
3rd. May 2011


5th. May 2011
Press Release 2

I, Mr. Viral Dhanjee, proposed Independent Presidential Candidate advise
that I will be in court on Friday May 6 th, 2011 Victoria , Mahe Seychelles, to
hear a Motion seeking injunctive relief, to Stay the Presidential Elections of
2011, pending the certification of myself, Mr. Dhanjee as an Independent Presidential
Candidate by the Courts .

I, Mr. Dhanjee assert that my constitutional rights as a citizen of Seychelles
have been grossly abridged and compromised by the Electoral Commissioner Mr.
Hendrick Gappy.

The sitting will commence at 2.00pm.



Anonymous said...

Let's see what he judge will do this time, i.e if he will do his job or another favour for the Parti Lipou.

Anonymous said...

Dhanjee has won. His constitutional right has been infringed upon by Gappy. But the elections still go ahead without Dhanjee. That's justice, Seychelles style. It was about time Gappy got a bloodied nose for his electoral chicanery. This election may not be decided on 21 May as Dhanjee goes to the Court of Appeal for relief.

Anonymous said...

Good to hear that the court did the right thing, but since no further action has been taken it is time to push further and force Gappy on his knees.

Anonymous said...

It is as if Someone above is telling us how to vote. A timely reminder that PL's placemen are incompetent and need to be replaced by competent Seychellois. A vote for SNP will remove Gappy's one-man show and replace him with an electoral commission, as requested by the Commonwealth etc.

It also shows that the Supreme Court judges are reluctant to upset the government by ordering the postponement of the elections. Again we need an independent judiciary and a judiciary that feels it can act independently of the ruling political party -- a key reform promised by SNP.

Anonymous said...

Whether it is from the Commonwealth or a key reform promised by SNP,before all it is part of and a must in a democracy.In a democracy it is something tacit and definitively once democracy is installed it is undispenable that the Commission become independent too as the judiciary etc.

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