Le­sotho de­serves bet­ter in the 2015 elec­tions

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IN re­sponse to “Le­sotho is not ready for elec­tions — IEC boss” ( Le­sotho Times, Jan­uary 8), surely, it can­not be cor­rect that gov­ern­ment min­is­ters must jump and dance to the tune of the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion boss when­ever he chooses to play the tune.

Es­pe­cially, as the min­is­ter ob­serves that the lat­est tune by the IEC boss is in di­rect con­tra­dic­tion to his ear­lier as­sur­ance or dec­la­ra­tions. The tim­ing of rais­ing is­sues is crit­i­cal if ever we are do­ing things dili­gently and in good faith.

Again the is­sue of pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of “so-called ex­perts” is no mean is­sue.

Voter reg­is­tra­tion is a very sen­si­tive is­sue that can­not be left to an in­di­vid­ual’s vices — his­tory is full of ex­am­ples where elec­tions to­tally lost cred­i­bil­ity dur­ing the voter reg­is­tra­tion process and the se­lec­tion of so-called ex­perts.

Re­cent ex­am­ples are the in­volve­ment of Nikuv in such coun­tries as Zim­babwe and Malawi. So, in­stead of the IEC boss jump­ing and kick­ing while play­ing the vic­tim, he should be com­posed and at­tend to the per­ti­nent ques­tions be­ing raised by the min­is­ter.

They are, in­deed, fun­da­men­tal ques­tions — to which he should de­vote some­time an­swer­ing and not frog jump the min­is­ter and rush to the prime min­is­ter.

His un­will­ing­ness to an­swer straight­for­ward ques­tions ac­tu­ally raises more ques­tions about the way his com­mis­sion is con­duct­ing its man­date.

Please do the right thing IEC chair­man Jus­tice Ma­hapela Le­hohla and pro­vide clean an­swers to the min­is­ter’s ques­tions. Your job and your re­sponse to such ques­tions are of public in­ter­est.


THE is­sue be­ing raised here by the IEC chair­man Jus­tice Ma­hapela Le­hohla is le­git­i­mate and has been right­fully ad­dressed to the au­thor­i­ties for in­ter­ven­tion.

What is needed is a re­sponse to how the is­sues raised can be mit­i­gated ahead of the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 elec­tions and not cor­ro­sive ar­gu­ments about the tim­ing of the as­ser­tion by the IEC!

When gov­ern­ment agreed on the snap elec­tion, the per­ti­nent ques­tion that it needed to have asked it­self is whether there ad­e­quate re­sources for a le­git­i­mate elec­tion.

It is bet­ter now that the IEC makes its po­si­tion clear than to re­gret not hav­ing done so be­fore elec­tions.

There are two op­tions avail­able; ei­ther gov­ern­ment bankrolls the elec­tions or post­pones them.

Other is­sues such as the Maseru Fa­cilita- tion Ac­cord can be re-vis­ited later to com­ply.

We need this coun­try to have a clean elec­tion, this is be­yond any ex­cuse!


IEC chair­man Jus­tice Ma­hapela Le­hohla is mak­ing a fuss about noth­ing. The law that forms the IEC states cat­e­gor­i­cally that the com­mis­sion should al­ways be ready to hold elec­tions at any time when called upon to do so.

When the South­ern African Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ta­tor, South African Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was me­di­at­ing, he had nu­mer­ous meet­ings with the IEC, where IEC in­di­cated its readi­ness to hold free and fair elec­tions.

Now for Le­hohla to make a U-turn, we are all sur­prised like Hae phoofolo. HE IS SIM­PLY NOT FIT FOR THE JOB AT HAND!


IF we put the tim­ing of IEC chair­man Jus­tice Ma­hapela Le­hohla’s con­cerns aside and con­cen­trate on the is­sues raised by the com­mis­sion, how they can be re­solved in time for the elec­tions?

Law and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Haae Phoofolo asked a very valid ques­tion about the so-called ex­perts to clean the vot­ers roll.

In my opin­ion, this is the most im­por­tant point of all as the main is­sue is the va­lid­ity or “clean­li­ness” of the vot­ers roll.

My un­der­stand­ing is that what needs to hap­pen fast is for us to “clean” this roll.

Slai Lai.

HU­MAN Rights, Law and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Haae Phoofolo

IEC chair­man Jus­tice Ma­hapela Le­hohla

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