IEC dismisses ABC objection to Mosisili candidacy

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Former premier Pakalitha Mosisili

Former premier Pakalitha Mosisili

Billy Ntaote

THE Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) yesterday dismissed an objection to former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s nomination to contest in the Tsoelike constituency lodged by the All Basotho Convention (ABC).
In the objection made on Friday, ABC Secretary General Samonyane Ntsekele, accused Dr Mosisili of being a permanent resident of South Africa.
Mr Ntsekele argued that Dr Mosisili owed his allegiance to the South African government and was, thus, not fit to contest elections in Lesotho since the country’s laws do not allow dual citizenship.
“According to section 59 (1)(a) No person shall be qualified to be nominated as a Senator by the King acting in accordance with the advice of the Council of State or designated by a Principal Chief as a Senator in his place and no person shall be qualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly if, at the date of his nomination or designation or, as the case may be, at the date of his nomination for election, he — is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to any foreign power or state,” said Mr Ntsekele.
Contacted for comment yesterday, the IEC’s Acting Director of Elections, Mamatlere Matete, said the commission dismissed the objection by the ABC against Dr Mosisili due to lack of “supporting documentation”.
She said the IEC, yesterday, dismissed many other similar objections which were not backed by any supporting documentation.
She said without any evidence, an objection lodged against a nominee remains just an allegation and the commission does not act like a court or tribunal.
“The ABC had not provided any documentation supporting the allegation they levelled against the DC nominee set to contest elections in the Tsoelike constituency hence the decision of the commission,” said Ms Matete
“However, if there was supporting documentation to the allegation, we would have been forced to call the nominee to the commission and alert him of the objection and remove him from the list of nominees contesting elections in the constituency.
Ms Matete added that whoever wished to appeal a decision made by the IEC would be able to do so in the High Court from Monday to Tuesday.
Mr Ntsekele told the Sunday Express yesterday his party would weigh its options after the IEC’s verdict.

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  1. No person shall be qualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly if, at the date of his nomination or designation or, as the case may be, at the date of his nomination for election, he — is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to any foreign power or state,” said Mr Ntsekele.

    In reference to the above quote, ‘ Who is it that is just going for elections now under a heavy security by foreign security forces’?

    The Basotho People know that for the first time in the political history of this Country we are going for election where the PM and Candidate for National elections is under a heavy security guard by members of the SAPS!

    Perhaps, Nts’ekele should respond to this by telling us who is unfit to run for the upcoming elections as we speak!

    Why is the ABC so scared of Mosisili-is it because they are afraid that the People are going to see through their incapacity to govern and finish only one term when Mosisili has the history of completing three successful terms!

    Buang ‘Nete hle Banna!

    • Ea ho katoa ke SAPS eona u se ke ua ba ua e phokola hoba ke tla u botsa na Kamoli o hokae ha Tsooana le Mahao ba le Algeria & Uganda respectively! Basotho re ke re beng le nnete. We all know what happened. Kamoli o hanne ho tloha bolaoling ba sesole a tlosoa ka molao, re bone ha Tom a phaphatheha a qobisoa lefu. Le ne le lebeletse hore a katoe ke mang? Ke ‘ona masole ao a neng a batla ho ‘molaea? BKC, u ne u le kae ka la 30 Phato? Ha ua bona kapa ho utloa se ileng sa etsahala? Kapa u ne u thabetse hore Tom a bolaoe? Ke le LCD, empa ha ke na lumella polotiki ea lekhotla ho mphurallisa nnete. Ntho ha e le mpe e mpe ho sa tsotellehe hore na e etsoa ke mang ho mang! Finish & Clarrr!!!!!!!

      • ho bona poho ya tsoelike…. Ha ho uoe likhethong baheso ma-ABC a tlohele ho ipalapala. Ba qalile ka hore ba batla t’sooana a khutle, joale ba se ba buoa tsa hore mosisili ke citizen ea south africa….hmmmmm! Semphu se nkha kae? Lesotho le ya kae haeka ehlile ho tlaba thata tjena. Rona re batla liphetoho eseng mashano ana ao re a utloang. Ha re bana hohang. Ha ba tlohele ntho tse ngata ba ee likhethong. Keng eena e baleuoang

  2. Taba ena ea hore monna enoa ona le ID ea SOUTH Africa e kile ea hlaha koranteng ea mo -Africa nakong eo honneng ho loants’oa Lekhoaba .

    Re lokela ho ithuta ho etsa melao eo re tla e hlonepha , taba ha rea ts’oanela ho e tlohella feela . Re lokela ke ho(testa) boikemelo ba makhotla a rona ka taba tse kang ena ‘me re ts’oere bopaki .

  3. Re ntse re rapela Morena Molimo ho lokolla Lesotho litleneng tsa likhukhune haesale Lesotho le busoa ke Maconco le fetohile motlae oa Lefatse ke lemellana le sebue se makallang hore ebe Tona Kholo ea mmuso oa motlotlehi ebe e lebetsoe ke sesole sa naheng engoe empa hone hotla etsoa joang hobane Lesotho ha lena sesole sa naha, re bona sesole se laoloang ke Mosisili, Kamoli ka molomo oa hae o ile a phatlalatsa hore o hiriloe ke mosisili ese mmuso oa Lesotho joale o bona kotsi ea ho hirana ka bokhukhune