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The General Election in Lesotho, 27 March 1993

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Introduction

A Commonwealth role in the return to multi-party democracy in Lesotho effectively began at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe, in October 1991. Discussions took place there between the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, and the Head of Government of Lesotho, Major-General Elias P Ramaema, Chairman of the Military Council. As a result, on 15 November 1991 a formal invitation was addressed to the Secretary-General from the Government of Lesotho for the Commonwealth to provide technical assistance in the transition from military to civilian rule, and to observe the multi-party election which would form a fundamental component of that transition.

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