Africa-Press – Lesotho. The Chairperson of the Commonwealth group assigned to observe the general elections in Lesotho has expressed his hopes for a peaceful process. Former President of Seychelles, H. E.
Danny Faure, echoed Secretary-General Patricia Scotland’s statement calling for a peaceful, credible, transparent and inclusive process as people go to the polls to write the next chapter of the story of their country.
He said: “We urge all stakeholders to commit to non-violence, consistent with the Commonwealth’s values and principles. “The significance of elections in a democracy cannot be over-emphasized.
More importantly, the significance of this election to the people of Lesotho, the Southern Africa region, Africa as a continent, and the whole of the Commonwealth cannot be underestimated.
“Our Group is tasked with observing the electoral process, to act impartially and independently, as we assess the pre-election environment, the conduct of elections itself on polling day, and importantly, the post-election period.
The mandate placed on our shoulders is one we take seriously and earnestly. ” The Commonwealth Observer Group has already started meeting with stakeholders in Maseru and will continue to do so until the country goes to the polls, on Friday 7 October.
On Sunday, 9 October, the Group will issue a statement on its preliminary findings. It will then write a final report before leaving Lesotho, which will be presented to the Commonwealth Secretary-General and then shared with the Government and relevant stakeholders in the country.