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Lesotho

Ulf Engel

in Elections in Africa

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296454
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296452.003.0027
  Lesotho

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This chapter on elections and electoral systems in Lesotho follows the same format as all the other country chapters in the book. The first section is introductory and contains a historical overview, discussion of the evolution of electoral provisions, an account of the current electoral provisions, and a comment on the electoral statistics. The second section consists of ten tables. These are: 2.1 Dates of National Elections, Referendums, and Coups d’Etat (there have been no referendums); 2.2 Electoral Body 1965–1998 (data on population size, registered voters, and votes cast); 2.3 Abbreviations (abbreviations and full names of political parties and alliances used in tables 2.6, 2.7, and 2.9); 2.4 Electoral Participation of Parties and Alliances 1965–1998 (participation of political parties and alliances in chronological order and including the years and number of contested elections); 2.5/2.6 Referendums/Elections for Constitutional Assembly (none held); 2.7 Parliamentary Elections 1965–1998 (details of registered voters and votes cast nationally and by district); 2.8 Composition of Parliament 1965–1998; 2.9 Presidential Elections (none held); and 2.10 List of Power Holders 1966–1998.

Keywords: alliances; coups d’état; elections; electoral body; electoral participation; electoral provisions; electoral statistics; electoral systems; history; Lesotho; national elections; parliamentary composition; parliamentary elections; political parties; power holders; registered voters; votes cast

Chapter.  3377 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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