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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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Political Background

Modern party politics in Lesotho began in 1952 with the founding of the Basutoland Congress Party (BCP) by Dr Ntsu Mokhehle, its present leader. The Basotho National Party (BNP), headed by Chief Leabua Jonathan, was founded later in the same year and these two parties have, since then, dominated the political scene. Basutoland's first general election was held on 29 April 1965 when it attained full self-government.

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