Lesotho leaders to pledge for free, peaceful general election

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Maseru – Political party leaders in Lesotho are to commit themselves to a free and fair poll when they sign a pledge to that effect today.

Signatories to the pledge, among others are expected to be leaders of the tripartite government and the opposition parties during a function to be officiated at by South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa is the SADC facilitator assigned by the regional organization to lead the peaceful settlement in politically troubled Lesotho. He landed in the country today to facilitate the deal ahead of the February 2015 snap election.

Today’s signing becomes part of ensuring peace as contained in the SADC implementation of the Maseru Facilitation Declaration allowing for holding of election next year.

This after a break down in relations within the coalition government led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane of the All Basotho Convention.

Lesotho's Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane
Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane

The other two partners are Lesotho Congress for Democracy’s(LCD) Mothetjoa Metsing and Basotho National Party (BNP) Leader Thesele ’Maseribane.

Recently, the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) hosted a peace building dialogue at which an Electoral Peace Declaration was designed for committing party leaders to a peaceful election.

The pledge is to be used as a tool to gauge behavior and conduct of political parties during the campaign, on election day as well as post election period.

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