All set for lo­cal govt polls

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

THE In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) says it’s all sys­tems go for Satur­day’s lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions and three par­lia­men­tary by-elec­tions.

There are 11 ur­ban coun­cils, 65 com­mu­nity coun­cils, 77 coun­cils, 950 elec­toral di­vi­sions and 922 vot­ing sta­tions coun­try wide.

In all the 950 elec­toral di­vi­sions, the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) will be con­test­ing in 888, Demo­cratic Con­gress in 840, Al­liance of Democrats in 722, Le­sotho Con­gress for Democ­racy in 437, Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) in 418, Move­ment for Eco­nomic Change in 381 and Re­formed Con­gress of Le­sotho in 151.

How­ever, the elec­toral body has de­clared failed elec­tions in four Elec­toral Di­vi­sions (EDS) after as many can­di­dates died ahead of the polls.

Ac­cord­ing to IEC Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Tuoe Han­tši, the four ED can­di­dates who died were from Bo­lahla #5, Bo­lahla #6, Menkhoa­neng #4 and.

The late can­di­dates for Menkhoa­neng #4 and Bo­lahla #6 were in­de­pen­dents, while the can­di­dates for Met­sima­holo #7 and Bo­lahla #5 were from the ABC.

“Those deaths mean that, just like the failed elec­tions in the Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tions, there shall only be one bal­lot pa­per used to cast the votes in­stead of two,” said Mr Han­tši.

“The bal­lot pa­per bear­ing can­di­dates shall not be used as there shall be fresh elec­tions whose date is yet to be an­nounced.”

Ahead of the 3 June Na­tional Assem­bly polls, the IEC de­clared failed elec­tions in the three con­stituen­cies after the ABC can­di­date for Thupa-kubu con­stituency, Afrika Makakane, BNP can­di­date for Hololo con­stituency, Matela Leakae, and Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy can­di­date for Teya-teya­neng #24 con­stituency, Makalo Jack Mo­hapi passed away.

As a re­sult of the deaths, the elec­torates in the con­stituen­cies did not vote for the con­stituency can­di­dates but for the par­ties they sup­ported for the pur­poses of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion al­lo­ca­tion. The ABC won the most votes in the three con­stituen­cies.

The par­lia­men­tary by-elec­tions will be held con­cur­rently with the lo­cal govern­ment polls.

Satur­day’s lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions will be the third edi­tion since their in­cep­tion in 2005.

The first lo­cal govern­ment polls were held in 2005, fol­lowed by 2011. The next elec­tions were sched­uled for 2016, but were post­poned to this year as their with Le­sotho’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

IEC Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Tuoe Han­tši

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