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Secretary-General visits Lesotho ahead elections
26 April 2017
Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has visited
Lesotho's King Letsie III in order to prepare for
Commonwealth involvement ahead of the mountain
kingdom's June the third election.
Scotland says no electoral model is perfect, but she
is pleased all stakeholders agree to prioritise
reforms as they will address Lesotho's model
An envoy from the Queen of England's Commonwealth
paying a courtesy call on the Lesotho’s King Letsie
On a visit intended to pave the way for a conducive
environment for elections.
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland
says they had actually planned to come to Lesotho
before the elections to talk about peace building
commonwealth she says this is their peace building
Assistance to Lesotho has included support with the
development of parliamentary governance, observation
of elections, and the follow up of the observer
group's recommendations to strengthen democracy and
improve electoral processes.
“We have been working very hard as you know with
Lesotho for a number of years on the whole reform
agenda and i am so thrilled to know that so many of
the parties I believe it’s all of them have signed
the pledge to make the reform programme a priority
and this is something for all the people in Lesotho
everyone seems to be committed to this.”
The Commonwealth was instrumental in Lesotho
adopting its current mixed member proportional
parliamentary system since 2002.
In 2007, elections were followed by instability due
to alliances formed before elections.
It's the second time a coalition government under
that model collapsed since the 2012 elections.
“No electoral system in the world is perfect all of
them are in need of some change and some adjustment
so looking at the hard work that has been put into
the programme up to date we know we are on a journey
and no one i have spoken to says its perfect we
don't need to do more reform, everyone has said to
me what Dr Prasad from the Commonwealth has done
what SADC has done is to say we need to reform.”
Scotland maintains there is good practice in
effective coalition governance throughout the
Commonwealth for Lesotho to draw from.
She is expected to meet the clergy, civil society
and political stakeholders.
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