Polls close in Lesotho's election

2012-05-26 21:07

Maseru - Polling stations closed in Lesotho on Saturday, in a tight election that pitted three erstwhile allies against each other in a race defined more by their personal feuds than by national worries about jobs.

The 10 hours of voting ended at 17:00 (15:00 GMT), although election officials said anyone still waiting in a line would be allowed to cast their ballot.

Ballot counting begins at each polling station right away, before the results are tallied in the capital Maseru. Final results are expected by Monday.

Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, in power since 1998, is asking voters to give him another term in office at the helm of his new Democratic Congress.

His main rival is Mothejoa Metsing, the new leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, the party that Mosisili abandoned in February.

Hoping to benefit from the split in the ruling party is opposition leader Tom Thabane, who heads another breakaway party, the All Basotho Convention.