The Lesotho National Assembly Elections, 23 May 1998

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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.



The Poll and Count

The first votes in the 1998 National Assembly elections were cast on Tuesday 19 May by ‘Absent Electors’ who had registered as such in advance. These were election officials, security and defence personnel and others who would be involved in polling day activities and would therefore be absent from their place of registration on 23 May. Our seven teams were deployed across the country that morning and were able to see this special voting, in 13 constituencies.


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