ElectionGudie

May 25, 2002 Held

600,827
Voted
Lesotho

Kingdom of Lesotho

Election for Lesotho National Assembly

Results

72%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:600,827
Valid Votes:600,827
Invalid Votes:None

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Lesotho Congress for Democracy 77 - 304,316

54.90%

Basotho National Party 21 - 124,234

22.40%

Other Parties 4 - 79,206

14.90%

Lesotho People's Congress 5 - 32,046

5.80%

National Independent Party 5 - 30,346

5.50%

Basutoland African Congress 3 - 16,095

2.90%

Basotho Congress Party 3 - 14,584

2.70%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 120 seats in the Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King LETSIE III
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Pakalitha MOSISILI
  • Assembly: Lesotho has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 33 seats and the Assembly with 80 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary N/A.
  • In the Senate 33 members are appointed *. In the Assembly, 80 members are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 40 members are elected through a party-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.**

* In the Senate, the ruling party appoints 11 Senators and 22 principal chiefs are members.

** The size of the Parliament has been increased to 120 seats for this election

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD)
    • Leader: Pakilitha Mosisili
    • Seats won in this Assembly election: 77
    • Seats won in last Assembly election: 79
  • Party: Basotho National Party (BNP)
    • Leader: Justine Metsing LEKHANYA
    • Seats won in this Assembly election: 21
    • Seats won in last Assembly election: 1
  • Party: Lesotho People's Congress (LPC)
    • Leader: Kelebone MAOPE
    • Seats won in this Assembly election: 5
    • Seats won in last Assembly election: N/A
  • Party: National Independent Party (NIP)
    • Leader: A. MANYELI
    • Seats won in this Assembly election: 5
    • Seats won in last Assembly election: 0
  • Party: Basotho Congress Party (BCP)
    • Leader: Tseliso MAKHAKHE
    • Seats won in this Assembly election: 3
    • Seats won in last Assembly election: 0
  • Party: Basutoland African Congress (BAC)
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this Assembly election: 3
    • Seats won in last Assembly election: N/A
  • Party: Other Parties
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this Assembly election: 4
    • Seats won in last Assembly election: N/A

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Parliamentary elections were last held May 23, 1998.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 1,885,488 (2002)
  • Registered Voters: 831,315 (2002)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 971,018 (2002)

·         Is Lesotho a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Lesotho ratified CEDAW: Yes (22 August 1995)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 16 (following the 2002 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 161 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Lesotho  a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Lesotho ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (2 December 2008)

·         Population with a disability: 282,823 (est.)