Le­hohla laments ‘tight’ poll sched­ule

. . . as count­down to 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 elec­tion be­gins

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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.

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