Lesotho Elections 2017 will be held in Lesotho on 3 June 2017 to elect all 120 seats of the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament. The elections will be more than three years ahead of schedule due to a successful vote of no confidence against the incumbent Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.
After three years out of power, Pakalitha Mosisili returned to office as Prime Minister in the February 2015 general election as leader of the Democratic Congress, defeating Prime Minister Tom Thabane of the All Basotho Convention. However, in November 2016 an agreement was announced between the deputy leader of the Democratic Congress, Monyane Moleleki, and Tom Thabane to remove Mosisili and install Moleleki as Prime Minister. Moleleki was suspended from the Democratic Congress in December 2016 and launched a new party, the Alliance of Democrats, in January 2017.
On 12 February 2017 Thabane returned to Lesotho from self-imposed exile, declaring that Prime Minister Mosisili no longer commanded a parliamentary majority and vowing to oust him in a vote of no confidence. He claimed that he was risking his life by returning.
The new opposition alliance defeated Mosisili in a vote of no confidence on 1 March 2017 and proposed Moleleki as the new Prime Minister; Mosisili, faced with the choice of stepping aside in favor of Moleleki or calling an early election, chose the latter. He advised King Letsie III to dissolve Parliament, and the King did so on 7 March, despite an opposition effort to obstruct the move. It was announced on 13 March that an early Lesotho Elections 2017 would be held on 3 June 2017.
At Abia, the 37th constituency, in Maseru the IEC, with its officer, Mrs. Mateboho Phakalasane has presented 19 candidates before supporters of respective political parties who showed up in large numbers to witness the event.
Mrs. Phakalasane said of the 19 candidates, one is independent
Lesotho Elections 2017 – National Assembly Results
|1||All Basotho Convention||235,729||48|
|3||Lesotho Congress for Democracy||52,052||11|
|4||Alliance of Democrats||42,686||9|
|5||Movement for Economic Change||29,420||6|
|6||Basotho National Party||23,541||5|
|7||Popular Front for Democracy||13,200||3|
|8||National Independent Party||6,375||1|
|9||Reformed Congress of Lesotho||4,037||1|
|10||Basutoland Congress Party||3,458||1|
|11||Democratic Party of Lesotho||2,801||1|
|12||Marematlou Freedom Party||2,761||1|
|13||Lesotho People’s Congress||2,364||0|
|14||Basotho Democratic National Party||1,818||0|
|15||Lesotho Workers’ Party||1,711||0|
|17||Hamore Democratic Party||1,311||0|
|18||Lekhotla la Mekhoa le Meetlo||1,024||0|
|19||Majalefa Development Movement||1,024||0|
|20||True Reconciliation Unity||817||0|
|21||Basutoland African National Congress||684||0|
|22||Tsebe Social Democrats||402||0|
|22||Community Freedom Movement||322||0|
|23||Basotho Thabeng ea Sinai||279||0|
|24||Sankatana Social Democracy||246||0|
|25||All Democratic Cooperation||170||0|
|26||White Horse Party||139||0|
|27||African Unity Movement||78||0|