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National Assembly
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name National Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Senate
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 3 June 2017
Purpose of elections Former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC) came first in snap elections but failed to win an outright majority. On 16 June, Mr. Thabane was again sworn in as Prime Minister in a new coalition government, comprising his ABC, the Alliance of Democrats (AD), the Basotho National Party (BNP) and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL), which jointly hold 63 seats in the 121-member National Assembly.

The 2017 elections - the third poll in five years - were triggered after Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of the Democratic Congress (DC) lost a vote of confidence in March. Mr. Mosisili had been leading a seven-party coalition since 2015. His deputy, Mr. Monyake Moleleki, defected with a number of DC members and joined the ABC in passing the March 2017 no confidence vote against Mr. Mosisili urging the King to appoint Mr. Moleleki as the new Prime Minister. Mr. Mosisili chose to dissolve parliament instead of resigning from the post in favour of Mr. Moleleki. King Letsie III subsequently dissolved parliament thus paving the way to the snap elections held in June 2017.
Date of previous elections: 28 February 2015

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 7 March 2017

Timing of election: Early elections

Expected date of next elections: June 2020

Number of seats at stake: 120 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 1,374 (943 men, 431 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 31.4%

Number of parties contesting the election: 30

Number of parties winning seats: 12

Alternation of power: Yes

Number of parties in government: 4

Names of parties in government: All Basotho Convention party (ABC), Alliance of Democrats (AD), Basotho National Party (BNP), Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 12 June 2017

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Sephiri Enoch Motanyane (Independent)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 13 June 2017
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
1'254'506


Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
All Basotho Convention (ABC)
Democratic Congress (DC)
Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD)
Alliance of Democrats (AD)
Movement for Economic Change (MEC)
Basotho National Party (BNP)
Popular Front For Democracy (PFD)
Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL)
Basotho Congress Party (BCP)
Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP)
National Independence Party (NIP)
Democratic Party of Lesotho (DPL)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total Majority Proportional
All Basotho Convention (ABC) 48 47 1
Democratic Congress (DC) 30 26 4
Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) 11 1 10
Alliance of Democrats (AD) 9 1 8
Movement for Economic Change (MEC) 6 1 5
Basotho National Party (BNP) 5 0 5
Popular Front For Democracy (PFD) 3 1 2
Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) 1 0 1
Basotho Congress Party (BCP) 1 0 1
Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) 1 0 1
National Independence Party (NIP) 1 0 1
Democratic Party of Lesotho (DPL) 1 0 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
90
27
23.08%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
They are three vacancies.

Note on the number of members:
In accordance with Article 63 (1) of the Constitution, the Speaker may be elected "either from among the persons who are members [of the National Assembly] or from among other persons". Mr. Sephiri Enoch Motanyane, who assumed the post in June 2017, is not a member of the National Assembly. The current legislature thus comprises 120 members and the Speaker.

Sources:
National Assembly (13.06.2017, 15.06.2017)
http://www.iec.org.ls/
http://www.iec.org.ls/final/Index.php#IEC1
http://www.bbc.com/
http://lestimes.com/
http://www.aljazeera.com/
https://www.africaresearchinstitute.org/
http://africanarguments.org
http://www.news24.com/

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