As you are aware, the National Assembly Elections were scheduled to take place in 2017, in accordance with the 5-year provision stipulated in Section 83 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Lesotho. However, due to challenges within the Coalition Government, which led to the deterioration of the political and security situation in the country, SADC facilitated a process of finding political and security stability which culminated in political parties agreeing to hold new National Assembly Elections in February 2015.
In accordance with Section 37 (1) of the National Assembly Electoral Act, 2011 and the Constitution of the Kingdom of Lesotho, His Majesty King Letsie III proclaimed, 28 February 2015, as the day on which the National Assembly Elections were to be held.
Electoral observation within our region has been the practice of SADC Member States over the years. This practice has enabled us to deepen democracy in our region through the participation of citizens in political and decision-making processes. The SEOM has the mandate to ensure adherence to the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections, thus enhancing transparency and credibility of the electoral process.