Political Background

Since Lesotho’s independence, a number of post-election crises have arisen, due to the inadequacy of the First-Past-The-Post system (FPTP) in reflecting the number of popular votes secured by political parties in the allocation of parliamentary seats. Following the unrest and political crisis after the 1998 Parliamentary Elections, when opposition parties rejected the victory by the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), the Commonwealth, SADC, and other partners, agreed to provide support to Lesotho in exploring the possibility of creating a new system which would ensure the representation of all political groups in the political process.


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