Early Elections


Politicians and political commentators have seen in the recent announcements made by the Prime Minister of what would otherwise be called ‘electoral freebies’, namely the decision to implement free pre-primary schooling as from Jan 2024, the distribution of permits to some 1000 fishermen, which would render them eligible to bad weather and other allowances, as the signs of early elections in the offing. They also point out to the earlier than normal pre-budget consultations that have started at the Ministry of Finance. Another reason that would militate in favour of that eventuality concerns the hearing of the Privy Council in the matter of the electoral petition of Labour Party unreturned candidate Suren Dayal challenging the election of Pravind Jugnauth, Leela Devi DookunLuchoomun and YogidaSawmynaden in Constituency No. 8, set for 10 July 2023, and the strong compulsion this case imposes on the Prime Minister to avoid any discomfiture should the Law Lords accede to Suren Dayal’s petition on one ground or another.

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Mauritius Times ePaper Friday 17 March 2023

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