National Flag and Armorial Bearings Act

Chapter number: 
138
In force: 
No

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This Cap was repealed by Cap 145A, National Symbols Act with effect from 18 June 1996.  The text below is reproduced for historical reference purposes only.

 

LAWS OF SEYCHELLES

 

Act 14 of 1976

Act 23 of 1976

Dec. 9 of 1977.

Dec. 57 of 1978.

CHAPTER 138

NATIONAL FLAG AND ARMORIAL BEARINGS ACT

[29th June, 1976]

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

1.      Short title

2.      Declaration of the National Flag, the President's Standard and the Armorial Bearings

3.      Insulting the National Flag, etc., an offence

4.      Prohibition of improper use of National Flag etc.

5.      Forfeiture

6.      Regulations

Schedule

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1.      This Act may be cited as the National Flag and Armorial Bearings Act.

2.      (1)     The flag unfurled by the President at the celebrations to mark the the first anniversary of the independence of Seychelles shall be the National Flag, the  Flag of Seychelles (in this Act referred to as "the National Flag").

(2)     The President may, bo order, notify in the Gazette the design and description of the National Flag.

(3)     The President's Standard (in this Act referred to as "the Standard") shall be of such design and description as the Presi­dent may, by order, prescribe.

(4)     The heraldic device of which the design and description are set out in the Schedule is hereby declared to be the Armorial Bearing of Seychelles (in this Act referred toas"the Armorial Bearings").

3.      Any person who does any act or utters any words with intent to insult or bring into contempt or ridicule the National Flag, the Standard, or the Armorial Bearings, or any representation thereof, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprison­ment for a period no exceeding two years.

4.      (1)     No person shall, except with the written permission of the Minister -

(a)     apply to any goods made, produced or sold by him or import any goods to which there has been applied, the National Flag or the Armorial Bearings or any part of the design thereof (or a flag or device so nearly resembling them as to be calculated to deceive);

(b)     use or permit to be used in connection with any business, trade, calling or profession the National Flag or Armorial Bearings or any part of the design thereof(or a Flag or device so nearly resembling them as to be calculated to deceive) in a manner calculated to lead to the belief that he is duly authorised to use the National Flag or Armorial Bearings, as the case may be, in that connection.

(2)     Any permission given under subsection (1) may be given subject to such condition as the Minister may deem fit.

(3)     No person other than the President or a person authorised by the President in that behalf, shall fly, display or otherwise use the Standard.

(4)     Any person who contravenes the provisions of this section or who fails to comply with any of the conditions imposed in pursuance of subsection (2) shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ten thousand rupees or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding twelve months, or to both such fine and imprisonment.

5.      When a person is convicted of an offence under this Act, the  Court before which he is convicted shall, in the case of an offence under section 4, and in the case of any other offence, may, in addition to any other punishment provided for in this Act, direct that any goods or thing by means or in respect of which the offence was committed shall be forfeited.

6.      The Minister may make regulations-

(a)     prescribing the occasions upon which, the persons by whom and the manner in which the National Flag, or the Armorial Bearings may be flown or displayed, as the case may be;

(b)     prohibiting, controlling or restricting the use of the National Flag, or the Armorial Bearings;

(c)     regulating the manner in which application may be made to him for authority to use the National Flag, or the Armorial Bearings in the connection mentioned in subsection (1) of section 4, prescribing a form of licence by which that authority may be given and fixing fees for such applications and licences;

(d)     constituting offences in relation to any of the matters referred to in the foregoing paragraphs and prescrib­ing penalties in respect thereof which penalties shall not exceed those laid down in section 4.

 

SCHEDULE

(Section 2)

 

THE ARMORIAL BEARINGS OF SEYCHELLES

 

 

Description

 

ARMS:                      Azure, a Female Coco de Mer Palm (Lodoicea maldivica) issuant from in base a grassy mount thereon a Giant Tortoise (Testudo gigantea) the whole in front of water rising there­from to the dexter an Island and sailing thereon to the sinister a two-masted Schooner in full sail all proper.

                                

CREST:                     Upon a Wreath Argent, vert and Gules above water barry wavy Azure and Argent a White Tailed Tropic Bird (Phaethon lepturus lepturus) volant proper.

 

SUPPORTERS:         On either side a Sail Fish (Istiophorus gladius) proper.

 

MOTTO:                  FINIS CORONAT OPVS.

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LAWS OF SEYCHELLES

 

 NATIONAL FLAG AND ARMORIAL BEARINGS ACT

CHAPTER 138

Section 2

SI. 71 of 1977

 

The National Flag and President's Standard (Design and Description) Order

[5th September, 1977]

 

1.      This order may be cited as the National Flag and President's Standard (Design and Description) Order.

2.      The design and description of the National Flag of Seychelles is hereby notified as being as set out in Part I of the Schedule hereto.

3.      The Flag of which the design and description are set out in Part H of the Schedule is hereby prescribed as the President's Standard.

SCHEDULE

PART I

THE NATIONAL FLAG OF SEYCHELLES

Description

 

 

(insert flag)

 

 

 

 

Horizontal bands of union Flag Red over two tones of dark leaf-green separated by white undulating band.

PART 11

THE PRESIDENT'S STANDARD

Description

 

 

(insert flag with armorial bearing)

 

 

The Armorial Bearings superimposed upon the National Flag fringed all round with gold.

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