Tension High in Run-Up to Polls
[Deutsche Welle]Basothos are set to hit the polls on Saturday (28.02.2015) for an early election staged to restore order after a coup attempt. Analysts say that the elections are being held to redeem the fallen coalition government.
Deputy President Confident in Lesotho's Elections
[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -SADC Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended his best wishes to all political parties and the people of Lesotho ahead of Saturday's polls.
AU Observers Upbeat About Lesotho Polls
[SAnews.gov.za]Maseru - Regional observer missions are hopeful Lesotho's much anticipated elections will proceed smoothly when more than 1.2 million Basotho go to the polls to choose a new government on Saturday.
Think Again - Pushing the Reset Button On Lesotho's Democracy
[ISS]On Saturday 28 February, the people of Lesotho will head to the polls. The national election is being held two years earlier than originally planned - sadly not because citizens of the mountain kingdom are so eager to exercise their democratic privileges, but because their democracy is failing and urgently needs a fresh start.
Elections to Test Regional Diplomacy
[SANF]Nearly three years ago in May 2012, the Kingdom of Lesotho went for general elections following yet another successful SADC-initiated dialogue to end a political crisis in the country.
Lesotho Election 2015 - Commonwealth Observer Group Arrival Statement
[Commonwealth]Statement by: HE Festus Mogae
Raila Leads AU Election Mission to Lesotho
[Capital FM]Nairobi -Opposition leader Raila Odinga travels to the Kingdom of Lesotho Wednesday, as head of the African Union Election Observers Mission in polls scheduled for February 28 in the Southern African nation.
AU Approves Short-Term Observation Mission to Lesotho
[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -The chairperson African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Observation (STO) Mission to the 28 February Parliamentary Elections in Lesotho.
African Union to Observe Lesotho Polls
[African Union]Addis Ababa -The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Observation (STO) Mission to the 28 February 2015 Parliamentary Elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
SADC Electoral Observer Mission Commends Basotho
[Botswana Daily News]Gaborone -Southern African Development Community (SADC) has congratulated Basotho for having chosen a peaceful route to resolve their political challenges.
Southern Africa Deploys Police to Help With Lesotho Election
[PR Newswire]Pretoria -1. The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika was held in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa on 20 February 2015.
SADC Troika to Deliberate Lesotho's Elections
[The Herald]Pretoria -The Extra Ordinary Sadc Double Troika Summit to deliberate over Lesotho's elections scheduled for next week has started in Pretoria, South Africa. Sadc chairperson President Mugabe is chairing the Summit that is also attended by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and Namibia's incoming President Hage Geingob who are also members of the troika.
Troika Okays Lesotho Polls
[The Herald]Lloyd Gumbo -SADC cleared the way for Lesotho to go ahead with parliamentary elections scheduled for next weekend at an Extraordinary Double Troika Summit chaired by the regional bloc's chairperson, President Mugabe, in South Africa yesterday. The summit, that was also attended by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, Namibia's incoming President Hage Geingob and Botswana's Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi, whose countries make up the Troika.
SADC Troika Meeting On Lesotho Underway
[SAnews.gov.za]The SADC Troika of Heads of State and Government are currently meeting in Pretoria to discuss the political and security situation as well as preparations for the upcoming election in Lesotho.
30 Cops Leave for Lesotho
[The Herald]THE Zimbabwe Republic Police has deployed 30 officers from the Support Unit under the Sadc observer mission to provide security and maintain peace during general elections to be held in Lesotho on February 28.
Elections Observer Mission Launched
[SAnews.gov.za]International Relations and Cooperation Minister, as well as head of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on Wednesday, launched the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the national assembly elections in Lesotho.
President in SA for SADC Troika Meeting
[The Herald]SADC chairman President Mugabe arrived here yesterday to attend the regional bloc's double Troika meeting where leaders are expected to deliberate on the impending elections in Lesotho.
Calls for Peaceful Elections in Lesotho
[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -Cabinet has called for free and fair elections in Lesotho, said the Minister responsible for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe.
Former President of Botswana to Lead Commonwealth Observers for Lesotho Elections
[Commonwealth]A Commonwealth Observer Group will be deployed to observe Lesotho's National Assembly Elections scheduled for 28 February 2015. The Observer Group will be led by the former President of Botswana, HE Festus Mogae.
Finally, Good News From Lesotho - Basotho Youth Showing a Pulse!
[Daily Maverick]Maseru -It's not all doom and gloom in tiny Lesotho - although between the healthcare crisis, the spiralling unemployment and the dangerously messy political situation there is enough of that to go around too. MICHAEL J. JORDAN profiles the youth-driven peace concert that is demanding a brighter future.