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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator to Lesotho has on Wednesday, welcomed determination of the SADC and African Union (AU) election observer missions that the elections in Lesotho were largely peaceful and in line with AU and SADC protocols on elections.

This, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed in his statement which clearly welcomes the holding of peaceful and democratic elections in Lesotho.

Election results are as follows: All Basotho Convention (ABC) has a total of 48 seats, Democratic Congress (DC) has got 30, Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) got eleven (11), Alliance for Democrats (AD) has nine, Movement for Economic Change (MEC) got six, Basotho National Party has five, Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) has three while Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP), Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL), National Independent Party (NIP) and Democratic Party of Lesotho (DPL) got one seat each. 

The Facilitator extended his congratulations to the people of Lesotho and commended them for conducting peaceful elections. 

He urged all stakeholders to accept the outcome of these peaceful elections as announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and an expression of the democratic will of the people of Lesotho.

He noted that the holding of democratic elections in Lesotho underlines the determination of the people of the region and the continent to ensure good political and economic governance as part of the building blocks towards the renewal of the continent and the achievement of Agenda 2063 as a growth path for the entire continent.

Deputy President Ramaphosa said in line with SADC Summit decisions and agreements with all role-players, the SADC facilitation mission with the support of the SADC Oversight Committee will soon after the formation of the new government, pay an official visit to Lesotho with a view to convening a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum to build consensus for the implementation of SADC decisions.

He indicated that these will include the implementation of the constitutional and security sector reforms as well as recommendations of the Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry.

He pointed out that they look forward to working with the new government and all role-players towards the achievement of these goals and to help set Lesotho on the path of sustainable peace, security, constitutionality and development.

Deputy President Ramaphosa has been assigned as the SADC Facilitator to assist Lesotho to address her political and security challenges encountered by the partners of the first coalition government of Lesotho since the middle of 2014. 

His Facilitation already culminated in the holding of the election on February 28, 2015 and the election results left no party as the outright winner to form government. 

Source: LENA 07/06/2017


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