Africa-Press – Lesotho. To revive the spirit of voting in the upcoming Local Government Elections, the Lesotho Council of Non-governmental Organizations (LCN) has deployed 163 voter educators to nine Community Councils of Berea district.
This was disclosed by LCN Democracy and Human Rights Commissioner Coordination, Advocate Lebohang Leo during an interview with LENA. Advoc. Leo said the purpose of such mass deployment of voter educators is to raise awareness and instil education about the importance of voting.
She further said voting forms part of the constitutional right and it also gives an individual the power to have a say in developmental activities, hence the initiative to roll out such public awareness campaigns to help people develop informed decisions about the candidates they want to vote for.
Advoc. Leo highlighted that the campaign is also intended to help communities have a clear knowledge of the local government elections and the national elections, and the roles of Community councillors as opposed to the Member of Parliament.
She also said it has come to their attention that people vote, but they do not have a good follow-up on their leaders; therefore, they are capacitating them to develop a monitoring strategy or to hold them accountable for what they have been promised.
LCN Democracy and Human Rights Commissioner Coordination said they have used the gateway approach by first targeting the district leadership being District Administrator, area chiefs, and churches, saying they will also engage in focused group discussions with different groups of society.
Meanwhile, the LCN voter education campaign is expected to end with the candidate’s forum whereby all the local government election candidates are going to engage in an interactive session with the community by publicly announcing their promises to the community.
LCN voter education campaign in the Berea district is expected to end on September 19, while the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is expected to hold the local government elections on September 29.