New­com­ers top­ple ABC stal­warts

. . . as party fi­nalises nom­i­na­tion of can­di­dates

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

THE All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion ( ABC) is work­ing to­wards fi­nal­is­ing its can­di­dates nom­i­na­tion list for the 3 June 2017 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, with some new­com­ers top­pling party stal­warts.

In Hololo con­stituency, former teacher Tlokotsi Many­ooko beat Mama­hele Radebe, who was the in­cum­bent leg­is­la­tor for the ABC in the re­cently dis­solved Na­tional Assem­bly. Mr Many­ooko clinched the nom­i­na­tion dur­ing a pri­mary elec­tion held in the con­stituency last Sun­day.

Another new­comer to the ABC’S can­di­date nom­i­na­tion list is former De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning min­is­ter Dr Moeketsi Ma­joro who is vy­ing for the Thet­sane con­stituency.

The dead­line for po­lit­i­cal par­ties con­test­ing in the elec­tions to sub­mit their can­di­dates nom­i­na­tion lists to the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion ( IEC) is 19 April 2017.

Par­ties are also ob­li­gated to draw up a list of in­di­vid­u­als for pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion seats al­lo­ca­tion to be submitted to the IEC.

ABC spokesper­son, Tefo Mape­sela, this week told the Le­sotho Times that the ma­jor­ity of the party’s 38 con­stituency leg­is­la­tors in the just dis­solved Ninth Par­lia­ment had re­tained their can­di­da­ture for the snap polls.

He said some of the can­di­dates had been nom­i­nated unan­i­mously in their con­stituen­cies, adding that the process was still on­go­ing.

“We will show off all our party’s can­di­dates when we go to the IEC for the fi­nal nom­i­na­tion process on 19 April,” Mr Mape­sela said.

“At the mo­ment, we don’t have the full de­tails about ev­ery con­stituency since some have not yet com­pleted their pri­mary elec­tions.”

He stressed that the can­di­dates cho­sen by the con­stituen­cies so far were fi­nal and could not be changed by the party hi­er­ar­chy.

“The party’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) can­not change the out­come of these pri­maries since the peo­ple in the grass­roots have spo­ken.”

How­ever, sources within the party who spoke to this pa­per on con­di­tion of anonymity said can­di­dates in some con­stituen­cies were yet to be ap­proved by the NEC be­cause the re­sults of their pri­mary elec­tions had been chal­lenged by party mem­bers cit­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

An ABC lead­er­ship con­fer­ence held last month had pro­posed that the 38 former leg­is­la­tors con­test in the up­com­ing elec­tions with­out un­der­go­ing the pri­mary polls route.

ABC chair­per­son Mot­lohi Maliehe had in­sisted it was not a di­rec­tive to the grass­roots struc­tures but a pro­posal to re­ward the leg­is­la­tors’ loy­alty.

The ABC won 40 con­stituency seats dur­ing the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 snap elec­tions.

How­ever, the ABC’S former deputy leader Tlali Khasu and former Motim­poso con­stituency leg­is­la­tor Pitso Maisa jumped ship and formed the Truth Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Unity party in Jan­uary this year.

Mr Maliehe also pointed out that the MPS had sac­ri­ficed their five-year ten­ure mid­way by sup­port­ing the par­lia­men­tary no-confidence mo­tion on Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili’s gov­ern­ment on 1 March 2017.

The ABC and its other op­po­si­tion al­liance part­ners, Al­liance of Democrats, Ba­sotho Na­tional Party and Re­formed Congress of

Le­sotho, spon­sored the no-confidence mo­tion with the in­ten­tion of form­ing gov­ern­ment there­after.

How­ever, Dr Mo­sisili ad­vised King Let­sie III to dis­solve par­lia­ment and call for elec­tions soon after the vote. His Majesty dis- solved par­lia­ment on 6 March 2017 and pro­claimed 3 June 2017 as the date for the polls.

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