Lesotho Political Parties Get Set for Elections

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Democratic Congress positions itself for election candidacy

Lesotho’s main opposition party Democratic Congress (DC) will this weekend hold its primary elections for the candidacy of 2015 genera general poll.

The DC Executive Secretary Tsie Sekoere told newsline365.wordpress.com the primary elections at sub-branches would be held on November 8- 9 in all the 80 constituencies in Lesotho.

This according to him is part of the DC’s positioning of itself for the up-coming general poll scheduled for February 2015.

He indicated the next move will be to hold the election of the candidates at branch level set for 15-16 November while the constituency level election will be held the following weekend.

“We expect that all the intra-party results will have been collected by December 6. It is then that the executive committee will assess the list to determine the eligibility of each candidate in line with the party Constitution,” explained Sekoere.

Winners from the sub-branches will contest for candidacy at the branch level after which those emerging victorious will compete at the constituency level.

He said the DC constituency committees were the custodians of the party constitution at grassroots level and therefore “charged with responsibility to ensure that the process goes on smoothly.”

Sekoere observed: “We want to be ready for the IEC’s blow of whistle for submission of general election candidates.”

BNP gauges its strength at a conference over the weekend

Basotho National Party (BNP) under the leadership of a coalition government partner Gender Minister Chief Thesele ‘Maseribane will hold a two-day conference starting tomorrow to pave route for the party’s participation in the coming poll.

The meeting is set to also gauge the strength of the party and its role within a shared government.

One of the joint rallies held by the Principal Chiefs and some Government ministers
One of the joint rallies held by the Principal Chiefs and some Government ministers

Lesotho general election date has been brought forward from 2017 to February next year due to the political unrest as a result of a fall-out between the coalition government partners of the All Basotho Convention led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, Lesotho Congress for Democracy under Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing and the Basotho National Party leader and Gender Minister Chief Thesele ‘Maseribane.

ABC to hold first leadership rally ahead of February, 2015 elections.

Maseru – The first ever rally of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) since eruption of the political unrest in Lesotho is to be held Sunday November 9th 2014 in the Berea district, about 30 kilometres north of Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho.

According to the ABC Secretary General, Samunyane Ntsekele the leader and Prime Minister of Lesotho Thomas Thabane will shed light to his supporters on the current political unrest in the country.

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