United National Secretary general Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Lesotho for conducting peaceful elections recently for the African country's National Assembly. his spokesperson said overnight.
“The Secretary-General acknowledges that this is an important step for
Lesotho in the consolidation of peace following the two-year mediation
process that concluded in 2011,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
He further said that Moon encourages all political parties to move forward in the
democratic process peacefully and in accordance with the constitution.
According to media reports, in the parliamentary elections held on 26
May, the Democratic Congress party won 41 of 80 seats, while the All
Basotho Convention, the main opposition, secured 26 seats.
Moon's spokesperson added that the Secretary-General welcomes the
professional work of the Independent Electoral Commission as well as the
international and local electoral observer missions.
A team of Commonwealth observers to the 26 May 2012 Parliamentary
elections in Lesotho have also said that the polls in the Southern Africa nation
have so far been peaceful and credible.
In an interim statement issued at a press conference by the Chair of the
Commonwealth Observer Group, former Malawi President Dr Bakili Muluzi, recently in the Lesotho capital Maseru, the Group said that "it is
the view of the Commonwealth Observer Group that this election was
conducted in a credible, transparent and professional manner."
"Despite the various shortcomings we have highlighted, they did not
materially affect the conduct of the elections," Dr Muluzi said.
In April 2011, a two-year mediation process to peacefully resolve
grievances stemming from disputed earlier polls in Lesotho successfully
came to an end. The dispute followed the February 2007 general elections
– the fifth elections to be held in the small African nation since it
gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966 – regarding the
allocation of the seats in the Parliament based on proportional