Ballot papers in as IEC readies for polls

Ballot papers in as IEC readies for polls

MASERU – ALL is set for the June 3 general election with the ballot papers for the polls now safely in the country.
The ballot papers, printed in South Africa, were delivered to Maseru last Friday.

Speaking after receiving the consignment, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairman Justice Mahapela Lehohla urged voters to shun political violence and instead fully embrace democracy.

“We have embraced democracy as a conventional instrument by which our rule and its fate are determined through regular elections,” he said.
“Let us take the opportunity of this momentous task to again pledge our full support to the democratic dispensation which is yielded by a process that utilises these (ballot) papers.”

Lesotho, he said, was “proud of its roots which are enshrined in the doctrines of peace, unity and intrinsic identity”.
“Our forebears and founding fathers worked tirelessly and under very challenging circumstances to build up this nation from a fledging beginning,” Justice Lehohla said.

“It has weathered very many storms and challenges . . . and it is our responsibility to perpetuate this noble legacy of morals and principles that define us among our peers.”

He said the IEC had consulted all stakeholders, particularly political parties, in the procurement process for the ballot papers, including observation of their printing.

“. .  What we have at hand is an acceptable product of the concerted effort of us all to bring about a conventional election,” Justice Lehohla said.

Speaking at the same occasion, IEC commissioner Advocate ’Mamosebi Pholo said: “Now that we are about to go to the elections, we as the IEC had to provide Basotho with all the necessities needed for the elections.
“So we went to Durban to get the ballot papers that we needed . . . we made sure there was nothing wrong with the ballot papers until they reached Lesotho.”

Thooe Ramolibeli

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