The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan presented the new Chief Information Commissioner, Ms. Mumtaz Hasan with her Instrument of Appointment. This was held in a short ceremony at State House yesterday. 

The Chief Information Commissioner has been appointed from candidates proposed by the Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA) and in consultation with the Speaker of the National Assembly as prescribed under Section 37 (1) of the Access to Information Act.

“It is indeed an honour for me to present the Instrument of Appointment to Ms. Hasan. On behalf of Seychelles, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment and wish you the very best. I have no doubt that the work already started will continue to set new standards as we forge ahead,” said the President.

President Ramkalawan urged the media to work in partnership with the Commission in regards to Access to Information, which will in return help them in their daily tasks to give accurate and credible information. He also advises members of the public to consult with the Commission whenever they are getting difficulties accessing information.

Ms. Hasan has a Masters in Development Management and Practice from the Development Institute University, Bangladesh in collaboration with the University of Columbia, Earth Institute Programme of Jeffrey Sachs, USA.

She is a dynamic professional with diverse life experience in multi-cultural corporate and civil society agencies in leadership, advisory, technical and operational roles. She has exposure to Western, Asian, and Small Island Developing States settings, perceptive of the collective commonalities linking local to global development issues.

Speaking to the local media, Ms. Hasan said that it is a privilege and honour for her to be entrusted in this position and that she is looking forward to supporting the mandate of the Information Commission and the community with accountability, transparency, and good governance.   

Also present for the ceremony yesterday morning was the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, Vice-President Ahmed Afif, members of the commission, Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Information Commission, Ms Thereza Dogley, Members of Constitutional Appointments Authority and the daughter of Ms. Hasan.

Her Worship Natasha Burian was sworn-in as the new Master of the Supreme Court of Seychelles yesterday morning, in the presence of President Wavel Ramkalawan during a swearing-in Ceremony held at State House. 

The President appointed Her Worship Natasha Burian following recommendations made by the Constitutional Appointments Authority as provided for in Article 127 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles.

During the ceremony, His Worship took two oaths; the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and the Judicial Oath.

Delivering his remarks at the event, President Ramkalawan congratulated and wished Mrs. Burian courage in the new tasks bestowed on her. The President commended her and expressed how proud he is to see another Seychellois rise up the professional ladder.

“We are confident that you have been prepared for the post that you are taking and that through your abilities and professionalism you will do our judiciary proud. Today we see a young woman taking on this responsibility and we feel reassured that our judicial system in the future continues to uphold the principles of justice and that we can rest assured that the role of the judiciary will be one as cited in our Constitution and one that future generations will be proud of,” said the President

President Ramkalawan also addressed the Judiciary in relation to the sentencing policy. As the government continues to fight crimes that are on the rise in the country, he urged the Judiciary to review its sentencing policy so as to present the country as one which is serious in dealing with crimes and protect all assets of Seychelles. 

Ms. Natasha Burian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom, and was admitted to the Bar in July 2011.  On 12th May 2010, she was admitted as a Member of the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple.

 In September 2011 she commenced her Pupillage in Seychelles. She was admitted as an Attorney at Law in the Republic of Seychelles on the 13th November 2013. She was later appointed as Notary on the 16th November 2015.

Ms. Burian was sworn in as Magistrate in May 2017, a post she has occupied until to date. She has also served as Chairperson of the Rent Board, Employment Tribunal, Mental Health Care Tribunal and also as Vice-Chairperson of the Family Tribunal. She is currently undertaking Masters in Law at the University of London with specialisation in Criminology and international Criminal Justice.

Also present for the swearing-in ceremony was the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, Vice-President Ahmed Afif, the Chief Justice, Justice Rony Govinden, the Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally, Secretary of State Cabinet Affairs, Mr. Mohammed Afif, Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Fiona Robinson, Members of Constitutional Appointments Authority and relatives of the Her Worship Natasha Burian.

THE CONSTITUTIONAL APPOINTMENTS AUTHORITY

APPOINTMENT OF A CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

Applications are invited from persons who are qualified under Section 37 of Access to Information Act 2018 (No 4) for appointments as Chief Information Commissioner.

The powers and duties of the Information Commission are stipulated in Sections 48 and 49 of Access to Information Act including the following:-

 

  • determine the nature, process and undertakings necessary to discharge its mandate in terms of the Act including all work necessary for the promotion, monitoring and protection of the right of access to information;
  • resolve a matter through negotiation, conciliation or mediation where it deems such recourse appropriate;
  • determine the need for, form or type of investigation required for the determination of any matter;
  • authorise or undertake any such action it deems necessary or appropriate for the execution of its mandate under the Act;
  • conduct matters with as little technicality or formality and as expeditiously as possible;
  • consider the needs of persons who wish to make protected disclosures, minors and other vulnerable groups;
  • hold hearings in public unless it is inappropriate to do so;
  • publish quarterly in the manner as may be prescribed, its findings, recommendations, orders, decisions and directives;
  • issue written orders obliging the production of information;
  • examine, reproduce, take extracts from or hold information for as long as is necessary;
  • require the production of information to which access has been refused on the basis of an exemption for the purpose of deciding whether it is an exempt document ;
  • limit access to information by the parties in terms of the Act;
  • promote awareness, educate and popularise the right of access to information;

 

A person to be appointed as Chief Information Commissioner shall have wide experience and knowledge in any one or more of the following fields of services:

  • accounting
  • administration and governance
  • law,
  • science and technology
  • management; or
  • social science

A person having the qualification referred to above is eligible to be appointed if that person:

  • is a citizen of Seychelles and resides permanently in Seychelles,
  • is of proven integrity ;
  • has distinguished record of public service, or service in a profession or vocation

A person shall not be appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner if that person:

  • holds office in, or is an employee of a political party;
  • has been convicted and served a sentence of imprisonment for a term of six months or more for an offence involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude.

The term of office, salary and allowance of the Chief Information Commissioner, shall be such as may be prescribed.

The attention of the applicants is drawn to the CAA Rules and Guidelines on the Selection and Appointment of Constitutional Appointees (other than Judicial Officers) and Appointees made under the Laws of Seychelles(Acts). This can be viewed on the Authority’s website:www.caaseychelles.com

Applications including CVs, police certificate, and the names and contacts of two referees should reach the office of the Chairperson, on or before 13th August 2021. Applications can be e-mailed.

Address of Office: La Ciotat Building, 1st Floor, Mont Fleuri, Mahe

Telephone +248  4322504

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Website: www.caaseychelles.com 

The President of the Republic, Wavel Ramkalawan presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Brassel Adeline and Justice David Esparon as Puisne Judges of the Supreme Court at State House yesterday morning. President Ramkalawan has appointed the two Judges upon recommendations made by the Constitutional Appointments Authority pursuant to Article 127 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles. 

During the ceremony, in the presence of various distinguished guests and family members His Worship Adeline and Mr Esparon took two oaths; the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and the Judicial Oath.

Delivering his remarks at the event, President Ramkalawan congratulated and wished the two new Judges courage in their new tasks ahead. He urged them despite the enormity of the responsibilities bestowed upon them, to always maintain and adhere to the core values of humility, integrity and when in doubt to always seek wisdom.

Prior to their appointments, Judge Adeline was the Master of the Supreme Court and Mr Esparon, the Deputy Attorney General.

Also present for the ceremony at State House, was the First Lady Mrs Linda Ramkalawan, the Vice President, Mr. Ahmed Afif, Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Roger Mancienne, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Ronny Govinden, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Anthony Fernando, the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly, Hon. Bernard George, the Attorney General, Mr Frank Ally, the Secretary of State for Cabinet Affairs, Mr Mohammed Afif, Members of Constitutional Appointments Authority and relatives of the two Judges.

THE CONSTITUTIONAL APPOINTMENTS AUTHORITY

APPOINTMENTS OF MEMBERS (FOUR) OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL OF THE 

ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION  

Applications are invited from persons who are qualified under Section10 (2) of the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Act (No 19) of 2021 for appointments to the Advisory Council of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

 One of the four members appointed shall be designated as the Chairperson.

 The functions of the Advisory Council are to:

 (a) oversee the administrative policy of the Commission;

 (b) review and recognize provisions of laws for the prevention of corruption and make  recommendations to the President for their effective implementation.

The Advisory Council shall not interfere with the functioning or operation of the Commission in respect   of any enquiry or conduct of investigation under this Act or any matter relating thereto.  The Commissioner may seek the advice and guidance of the Advisory Council on any matter under this Act. However, where the Advisory Council is of the opinion that the Commissioner is susceptible to disqualification under section 7(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act, the Advisory Council shall make a report to the President.

The Advisory Council may regulate its own procedure and meet when it deems necessary, which shall not be less than quarterly, but the Chairperson shall convene a meeting at the earliest possible, when requested by the Commissioner.

A person is qualified for appointment as a member of the Advisory Council on the basis of integrity and qualification or experience in the field of (a) anti-corruption, (b) law or law enforcement, (c) accounting, finance or administration, or (d) investigation, including forensic investigation.

 

A person appointed as a member of the Advisory Council shall hold office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for reappointment.

 

The remuneration or allowance of the members of the Advisory Council shall be such as may be prescribed.

 

Applications and detailed CVs including qualifications, experience and the names of two referees should reach the Office of the Chairperson, the Constitutional Appointments Authority, 1st Floor, La Ciotat Building, Mont Fleuri, on or before the 11th June 2021. Applications can also be submitted by e-mail. E:mail:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For any queries, please telephone : +248 4322504

It is recommended that applicants visit the CAA website:www.caaseychelles.com in particular the CAA Rules and Guidelines on the Selection and Appointment of Constitutional Appointees (Other than Judicial Officers) and Appointees made under the Laws of Seychelles(Acts).

 

                                                                                               

 

 

                                                                       

 

Useful links

www.ecs.sc -  Electoral Commission 

www.oag.sc - Auditor General

www.seylii.org - Seylii

www.attorneygeneraloffice.gov.sc  - Attorney General Office

www.statehouse.gov.sc  - State House

www.sbc.sc - Seychelles Broadcasting corporation

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