Lesotho major coalition parties embroiled in candidacy brawl

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Maseru – Two of the three Lesotho coalition government partners are embroiled in election candidacy brawl for the up-coming parliamentary election planned for February 28 2015.

The three parties, the All Basotho Convention (ABC) led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) under Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing and Basotho National Party’s Thesele ’Maseribane, Minister of Sports and Gender formed a coalition administration after the May 2012 general election.

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

The country’s election has been prematurely scheduled after a breakdown in relations within the tripartite coalition government after Metsing’s dissatisfaction with Thabane’s manner of running of state affairs.

Now, the two partners ABC and LCD are yet to complete the list of their nominees for candidacy of the 2015 brought forward election from 2017.

“The list of the candidates for nomination for the forthcoming general election for the LCD is yet to be completed because in some instances there have been complaints while in others constituency approvals are yet to be made,” explained LCD Executive Director Mpiti Mosiuoa to newsline365.wordpress.com.

Mosiuoa said his party’s working committee was to scrutinize submitted names for election candidacy for approval by the executive committee, adding that in election in other constituencies would be held this weekend.

LCD has completed approval of its candidates in 70 constituencies while the ABC has approved 54 constituency candidates to stand for snap National Assembly election.

The ABC office Executive Director, ’Malehloka Raditapole, also told newsline365.wordpress.com today her party was yet to complete addressing some of the complaints regarding the candidacy in some of the party constituencies.

“Hopefully a full list of candidates will have been completed by next week,” said Raditapole, adding that some reports from the other constituencies were yet to be received by her office.

Next year’s national poll came after the SADC intervention that saw a signing of the Maseru Facilitation Declaration that among others, agreed on early election as measure to broker political stability in a troubled country.

 

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