Lesotho ready for tomorrow’s polls

IEC Director of Elections Letholetseng Ntsik (source: Lesotho Times)

Tileni Mongudhi

The Independent Electoral Commission of Lesotho is confident elections will go ahead as planned in a smooth and orderly manner.

The commission has just launched the elections results centre at the Manthabiseng Convention centre in Maseru.

The commission used the event to put the nation at ease and call for people to turn up in numbers to vote tomorrow. The IEC is aiming for an 85 percent voter turnout.

This is amid an atmosphere of fear and tension, with reports that the security forces, especially the country’s military, will once more interfere with the Kingdom’s political and democratic process.

Unofficial reports have been making rounds that the military under incumbent Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has vowed to make the country ungovernable should Mosisili not win tomorrow’s poll.

IEC Director of Elections Letholetseng Ntsiki, however, reassured The Southern Times that the voting process was in the hands of the commission and that no military or police interference will be allowed to interfere. She confirmed that such reports have been making rounds on social media but “to my knowledge, there is no interference from the army or police.”

At the results centre launch, the IEC’s chairperson Lesao Lehohla said the Kindom has embraced democratic principles as a conventional instrument through which the rule of law and the Kingdom’s fate are characterised by regular free and fair elections.

He called on the nation to go and vote in tomorrow’s elections, saying the Kingdom owes it to the forebears and founding fathers who worked tirelessly to build the country.

He added that the country has weathered severe political storms and challenges and that it was therefore important for the Basotho people to honour such by going to vote.

June 2017
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