All systems go for polls: IEC
BASOTHO have been urged to go to polling stations in their numbers to cast their ballots in the 3 June 2017 National Assembly elections, as preparations for the polls are on course.
This was said by Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairman, Justice Mahapela Lehohla, on Thursday in Maseru while receiving the consignment of ballot papers from Durban, South Africa where they were printed.
Addressing representatives of political parties, journalists and other stakeholders, Justice Lehohla said advance and regular voters should exercise their democratic rights to achaten-suisse.com cast their ballots on 27 May and 3 June 2017 respectively.
He said the IEC decided to bring along representatives of political parties to the Durban-based printing firm Shaven & Gibson to allay fears of vote rigging.
“There have been some very disparaging myths about ballot papers in the past and the IEC has striven to allay these negative attitudes through a system of consultative involvement by our stakeholders, particularly the political parties in all our processes including the observation of the printing of the ballot papers,” Justice Lehohla said.
David Seutloali, of the True Reconciliation Unity, who was part of the delegation to Durban, said they were impressed with the printing process and the security features on the ballot papers.
“We are very happy and content with the printers and the security features on the ballots which guard against any manipulation. I therefore implore everyone to go to the polls and cast their vote while keeping the peace,” Mr Seutloali said.
The ballot papers are scheduled for delivery in Lesotho’s 80 constituencies from 31 May 2017 to 1 June 2017, with the consignments guarded by members of the Lesotho Defence Force, police and the monitoring as well as security committees.