Lehohla laments ‘tight’ poll schedule
. . . as countdown to 28 February 2015 election begins
prise me. People who elected him to the position of deputy party leader thought they could manipulate and make him jump whenever they wanted, which he has refused to do.
This should have come as a disappointment and surprise to them hence their decision to frustrate him out of the ABC,” Mr Monyake said.
Meanwhile, the Lesotho Times understands the PD is struggling to register at least five hundred supporters for it to be recognised by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
“There are about 200 names in the PD register, but the surprising thing is they all bear the same signature. IEC officials had to go liament on 5 December, elections should be held in line with the country’s constitution and National Assembly Electoral Act of 2011.
“The Facilitator said according to this law, we are supposed to hold elections within 90 days of the dissolution of parliament. He asked us to identify a suitable date within this timeframe, and the only suitable date 28 February,” said Justice lehohla.
However, the former chief justice said the commission would ensure a credible poll despite the limited preparation time.
“A snap election, by its definition, is a pressing election. We have to do a lot of activities within a short period of time. It’s very difficult to deliver such a crucial poll in such a short period; we can’t even explain enough how difficult it is to deliver the snap election in such a short space of time.”
Justice lehohla noted the election period begins on 8 December and concludes on 7 March 2015 after the announcement and allocation of parliamentary seats.
“You will also recall that Section 7 (2) of the National Assembly Electoral Act requires that 17-year-olds, who will be 18 years on or before election day, be given seven days to register and the last day for this exercise is 16 December 2014.
“This therefore, means voter-registration will be suspended between 17 December 2014 and 8 March 2015,” Justice lehohla said.
For his part, IEC Commissioner, Makase Nyapisi said SADC had pledged to assist lesotho with the election.
“The SADC support is going to be through experts who will assist with the running of the election,” Dr Nyapisi said.