National elections in Lesotho [fr]
On 28 February 2015, Charlotte Montel, First Counsellor of the Embassy of France in South Africa and Lesotho, and Anne-Laure Desjonquères, Second Counsellor, took part in an observer mission coordinated by the European Union delegation in Lesotho, organized because of the anticipated national elections. Throughout the day, the 50 observers, from 7 member states, visited more than 160 voting stations.
The 1,2 millions registered voters were asked to vote for the 120 members of the Lesotho National Assembly. The organization of the elections, 2 years ahead of schedule, was decided as part of the road map negotiated between the ruling coalition parties under the patronage of Southern African Development Cooperation (SADC). Tensions between the two main ruling coalition parties, Prime Minister Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) and Vice-Prime Minister Mestsing’s Lesotho Congress for Democracy, have been dominating the country’s political life for years.