Friday, August 8, 2014

Viral Dhanjee files case against Seychelles before United Nations

The first ever case against Seychelles before the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations(UNHRC) was officially registered on May 28th 2014.

Viral Dhanjee, a militant citizen who was refused the right to take part in the 2011 Presidential elections, has taken the matter before the UNHRC under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of which Seychelles is a party. Mr Dhanjee has argued that the fact that he was prevented from taking part in the 2011 Presidential elections was a violation of his civil and political rights as affirmed by the covenant.

April 27th 2011 was declared Nomination Day for the last Presidential elections and Viral Dhanjee registered as an independent Presidential candidate. To do so, he needed to submit various documents including his nomination form with an attached list of supporters. The law requires that a prospective candidate submits a list of 500 supporters. When he registered at 12.55 pm on April 27, he was given a receipt by the Chief Electoral Officer that stated the following:” I acknowledge receipt of the following documents in respect of your nomination as a candidate for the May 2011 Presidential elections.

Source: Today