Maseru, April 13 — The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released a Legal Notice Elections Results (Amendment) Notice, 2023 which publishes the names of the candidates returned as members of the National Assembly six months after the elections which were held on October 07, 2022.
In a Legal Notice No.38 of 2023 IEC published on Thursday, Chairperson Mr Mphasa Mokhochane said pursuant to Section 106(7) (b) of the National Assembly Electoral Act, 2011, he as the IEC Chairperson publishes the names of the candidates returned as members of the National Assembly at the elections held on the 7th October, 2022 for Proportional Representation (PR) seats.
The Legal Notice says the Election Results Notice, 2022 is amended by deleting the names of the following candidates from the list of PR seats, Advocate Lebohang Mochaba of Mekaling in Mohale’s Hoek under the Alliance of Democrats (AD).
It also shows that Mr Morapeli Motoboli of St, Paul in the Botha Bothe district under the banner of Democratic Congress (DC), Ms. ‘Maletsema Letsoepa of Matlakeng in Botha Bothe also from DC as well as Mr Katleho Mosotho from Lithoteng in the Maseru district from DC their names have also been deleted from the PR list.
“And inserting the following candidates to the list of Proportional Representation seats in their chronological arrangement Mrs Masetota Leshota of Boinyatso St. Michaels of Basotho National Party (BNP) Mr Tefo Mapesela of Mapeseleng, Mokhotlong of Basotho Patriotic Party (BPP).
Rev. Paul Masiu of Ha Seoli Maseru of Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC) and Mr Mohlominaye Tota of Qoaling Maseru of United For Change (UFC),” the Legal Notice showed.
IEC went to court seeking the court of law to allow it to correct the proper PR seats allocation after realising that it had wrongly used the wrong method when allocating the PR seats after the National Assembly elections and its plea was granted.
The main opposition party DC is the most affected by this ruling as it has lost three seats plus only one from AD while BPP, LPC and UFC as well as BNP gained one seat each.
This now means that AD now has a total of four seats, DC now has a total of 26 seats while BNP has increased its representation in the National Assembly from one to two seats while BPP, LPC and UFC have now been represented with one seat in the National Assembly.
The four new members of parliament will be expected to be sworn in on Monday next week as the House will be returning from the Easter recess.