Maseru, April 04 — Development for Peace Education (DPE) has confirmed that it has been paid the money that was owed to them after helping the Commission with voter and civic education prior to the National Assembly October 07, 2022 elections.
IEC started the payment process at the end of March after receiving its arrears estimated around M60 million from the Government.
When approached for comment, DPE Peace Researcher Mr. Lemohang Molibeli confirmed that DPE is one of the Non-Governmental organisations which have received their dues from IEC.
However, he was unable to say how much they have been paid as the payment documents were not with him at that point.
IEC Public Relations Manager Mr. Tuoe Hantsi also confirmed that the payment process was going on well.
However, Mr. Hantsi said despite having dispensed the funds to the political parties’ concerned people claiming to be owed money after working as party agents go to the Commission demanding their money.
He said instead they should rather go to their political parties they worked for and not at the Commission’s offices.
Mr. Hantsi also explained that there are four political parties whose funds are withheld by the commission pending investigations by the IEC in connection with the payment.
“Once the investigations are complete IEC will know if they should dispense the fund to these political parties or not,” he commented.
He identified those political parties as Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL), Revolutionary Alliance of Democracy (RAD), Tsepo Ea Basotho (TEB) and Basotho Thabeng ea Senai (BTS).
IEC was unable to pay political party agents, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), suppliers who provided the commission with election materials, transport, accommodation and rented offices.