Seychelles set for November election

James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles, delivers his address during the 70th session General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, Sept 29, 2015.
James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles, delivers his address during the 70th session General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AFP) - Presidential elections in the Seychelles will be held over three days beginning on November 19, the Electoral Commission said on Thursday.

The tourism-dependent archipelago nation is made up of 115 islands, some as much as a thousand kilometres from the main island or Mahe.

Residents of the so-called "outer islands" will vote on the first two days, followed by the "inner islands" of Mahe, La Digue and Praslin, home to around 90 percent of the country's 90,000 inhabitants.

Elections were due to be held in mid-2016 but President James Michel, facing a revolt within his ruling Lepep party (meaning The People, in the local Creole language) announced earlier this month that presidential elections would be held ahead of schedule.

Michel intends to run for a third and final term against a disorganised opposition, but observers say a run-off is possible for the first time since multiparty politics were re-introduced in 1993.

Then vice president, Michel succeeded President France-Albert Rene who resigned in 2004 after 27-years in power. Michel went on to win elections in 2006 and 2011.