Lesotho opposition nominates election candidates in 80 Constituencies

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Maseru – The Democratic Congress (DC), Lesotho’s main opposition political party, has completed a list of its candidates to contest the February 28 General Election.

The party, led by former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, completed its list of candidates by approving nine constituency election candidates to stand for the upcoming poll.

Two weeks ago, the DC’s working committee of the National Executive Committee had only approved 71 candidates to stand for the parliamentary poll next month.

A delay to approve the other nine nominees was due to complaints that arose during the primary party election at sub-branches, branches and constituencies.

“We have now submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) all the applications for the nomination of our candidates who are to battle it out in the coming national election,” DC Executive Secretary Tsie Sekoere, yesterday told newsline365.wordpress.com.

Sekoere said his party’s candidates for the proportional representation have started to fill up the application forms for submission to the electoral commission.

Among those nominated by the DC as its candidates is Nkalimeng Mothobi, president of an association of ex-prisoners who was convicted of murder of a former banker.

The association is a civil society organization that rehabilitates ex-convicts and bids to reconcile them with the families of those wronged by their criminal activities.

Yesterday was the deadline for the submission and closure of names of the political parties’ and independent candidates’ list. It is also a deadline for lodging of objections to proposed nominated constituency candidates.

The IEC is to announce the nominated candidates for the constituency list on December 14 2015.

In another development, the Basotho National Party (BNP) a coalition partner in Lesotho’s tripartite government, has also rounded up its 80-member list of constituency candidates.

The party, according to the BNP office, met yesterday’s deadline for submission of its candidates’ applications.

The IEC is to determine the objections to the proposed names from December 10-11, according to the National Assembly General Elections time table published by the Acting Director of Elections, ’Mamatlere Matete.

There are 21 political parties and 15 independent candidates who have registered with the IEC.

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