Oct. 26, 2022


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Matekane to be sworn-in as PM

Matekane to be sworn-in as PM

RFP leader, Sam Matekane

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    Constitutional Court urged to act timeously in resolving the PR seats error
    The 11th Parliament sat for the first time on Tuesday this week

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MINING magnate and leader of the newly formed Revolution for Prosperity (RFP), Sam Matekane is set to be sworn in as Prime Minister by His Majesty King Letsie III on Friday, October 28.

The 11th Parliament sat for the first time on Tuesday after an attempt by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to interdict the sitting of the National Assembly in the High Court on Saturday, October 22. 

The IEC also sought an order reviewing, correcting, and setting aside the allocation of some of the compensatory seats following the October 7 National Assembly general elections. 

The IEC stated it erroneously allocated 11 proportional representation (PR) seats instead of eight to the Democratic Congress. 

It also contended it incorrectly allocated three PR seats instead of two to the Alliance of Democrats. 

In court, the IEC sought permission to recalculate the PR seats and reallocate them accordingly.

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According to Mokitimi Tšosane from the Human Rights and Access to Justice Department, Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) in Lesotho, the error exposed negligence in the political arena.

"The fact that the error eluded all political parties participating in the election process, signals negligence on the part of political leadership to oversee the exhaustive application of the formula [PR]," he said.

The TRC pleaded with the Constitutional Court to expedite the IEC application for reviewing, correcting, and setting aside Legal Notice No 100 without compromising the interests of justice as it was in the public interest to have the matter under its adjudication settled timeously. – News24

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