|February 5, 2002
SADC delegation in Maseru for talks on election
A ministerial delegation
from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) visited Maseru, the
capital of Lesotho, on Monday, February 4, to hold talks with Lesotho officials
on the country's next general election. The delegation is made up of foreign
ministers from South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique.
issued by the South African Department of Foreign Affairs said that the meeting
would "determine the progress made towards the election scheduled to take place
in April/May 2002, and will offer encouragement and support to ensure the
successful outcome of these elections". It added that the delegation would meet
with "relevant stakeholders" in Lesotho, including the government, the Interim
Political Authority and the Independent Electoral Commission.
Meanwhile, diplomatic sources in Maseru said that it was "generally"
expected that the current sitting of parliament would be dissolved later this
month. "In terms of the election regulations, parliament has to be dissolved at
least 90 days before the election date, and if we are looking at a date in May
then parliament has to be dissolved this month," the diplomat said. "Most
people in Lesotho are hoping that an exact date is to be announced when
parliament dissolves." (IRIN)