BNP to nominate 80 candidates for Lesotho election

Maseru – Lesotho’s coalition government partner Basotho National Party (BNP) led by Gender and Sports Minister Thesele ’Maseribane is set to nominate 80 constituency candidates to contest the February 28 general election.

Today the party’s working committee was locked in a meeting to deliberate on the election candidacy ahead of tomorrow’s submission of the candidates’ names to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Already, the 72 constituency candidates have secured selection to stand for the upcoming national poll.

The other eight candidates are yet to be inaugurated as candidates due to some delays brought by lodged complaints, BNP’s spokesperson Machesetsa Mofomobe briefly told today.

According to the IEC’S published National General Election Timetable the submission period and closure for the names of the candidates to contest the upcoming poll is January 7-9 2015.

The list of the names submitted will be posted on the same dates beginning tomorrow . Again, the objections to the proposed nominated constituency candidates are to be lodged on the same period.

Another coalition government partner All Basotho Convention (ABC)was also set to complete its list of candidates to meet the deadline for nominations. By today, the party had approved 54 candidates to battle it out in the brought forward election from 2017.

ABC’s Sam Rapapa today confirmed to he is the party’s candidate in the Constituency of Mosalemane No.19. He is to be inaugurated tomorrow in his constituency for nomination as party candidate.

There are 21 political parties and 15 independent candidates who are registered with the IEC for the parliamentary election.

Lesotho’s general election has been called earlier than 2017 due to political instability caused by a fall-out in relations within the tripartite coalition government due to deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing’s dissatisfaction with the manner Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was running the state affairs.


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