Lesotho deserves better in the 2015 elections
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.
HUMAN Rights, Law and Constitutional Affairs Minister Haae Phoofolo
IEC chairman Justice Mahapela Lehohla