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IEC dismisses ABC objection to Mosisili candidacy

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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