Lesotho polls free, fair and credible – SADC

2015-03-02 15:56

Cape Town – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has declared Lesotho's parliamentary elections held over the weekend as free, fair and credible.

Saturday's polls, which were called two years ahead of schedule, passed without incident, according to observers.

SABC reported on Monday that the head of mission and South Africa's international relations minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, urged all stakeholders to accept the outcome of the vote or challenge it within the provisions of the country's laws.

Mashabane called for security to be monitored, saying police should maintain law and order without bias.

"The role of the police is to maintain law and order without biasness and the SADC confirm that Lesotho police complied and the army as well," Mashabane was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, reports on Sunday said early results showed Prime Minister Tom Thabane in the lead, with a quarter of the vote tallied.

The small mountain kingdom has been in crisis since June 2014, when Thabane suspended parliament to avoid a motion that would have seen him ousted from power after his fragile coalition government fell apart.

  • Godlwayo - 2015-03-02 16:14

    Hopefully relative peace and stability will prevail..I must visit to that small country

  • Andrew Smit - 2015-03-02 16:28

    Free and fair, just the Zim elections

  • Stephen Sage Wiseman - 2015-03-02 16:30

    Just like the Zim elections "free and fair"

  • Riaan Pretorius - 2015-03-02 16:55

    Free yes.. Fair and credible.. Debatable

  • Kgabane Lesetja - 2015-03-02 17:25

    Maite nkwana eage all stakeholder to accept the outcome of the vote,what does this mean to the voters of Lesotho?are this going to be free n fair

  • Robert Reed - 2015-03-02 17:38

    How and who can believe them

  • Bongiwe Mchunu - 2015-03-02 17:47

    Hope peace will now prevail in this beautiful country

  • Tanya Dixon - 2015-03-02 18:24

    Of course they were, Africa leads the world when it comes to free fair and credible elections

  • Murray Graham - 2015-03-02 18:37

    Who believes anything SADC says?

  • Edward Radingoana - 2015-03-02 19:15

    Who could still trust SADC after what they have done to the Zimbabweans? That Team can side with the Terrorist if threatened.

  • Atang Reece Mantutle - 2015-03-02 20:52

    Stop comparing us to Zim. Stop thinking in our poverty we are desperate to join SA. Just stop it; if you have nothing encouraging to say, consider not saying anything at all.

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