LCD temporarily withdraws election case

LCD temporarily withdraws election case

MASERU – THE Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) says it has not given up its fight to challenge the June 3 election but has just temporally withdrawn the case to restructure its arguments.  Party officials say it realised that some of the prayers it sought would not be executable hence the decision to withdraw the case temporarily.

The youth league secretary general, Potso Shao, told thepost last night that although the national executive committee had not yet announced the reasons “the explanations were however that we need time to restructure our case”.
Shao however could not specify the prayers that needed to be reviewed and what legal research they needed to build a case that will stand in court.
The party spokesman Teboho Sekata also told a local radio station that “we have not totally abandoned our case”, adding that the LCD had other plans.
Sekata too did not specify what the LCD was going to do. The LCD, according to the Lesotho News Agency, told the High Court on Tuesday that it intended to withdraw its case. The party and its secretary general Mpiti Mosiuoa filed an application in the High Court seeking an order for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to submit to the party election results for the constituency of Matlakeng.
It also wanted to compare the results announced at the constituency and those declared by the IEC commissioner at the ’Manthabiseng Convention Centre.

The LCD also sought the High Court to order the IEC to serve it with the general election final roll for the constituencies of Thaba-Phatšoa, Matlakeng, Mphosong and Pela-Tšoeu. Arguing that there had been irregularities, the LCD asked the Court to declare that the election of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) candidates in those constituencies should be declared invalid.

The party wanted fresh elections in the constituencies. The LCD was part of the past coalition of seven parties, in which it was the second largest after the Democratic Congress (DC), and its leader Mothetjoa Metsing was the deputy prime minister.

Staff Reporter

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