Africa-Press – Lesotho. Tuesday, the Executive Committee of Revolution For Prosperity (RFP) held a press conference where it was elaborating more on the circular that unveiled the procedures to choose candidates who will be standing for elections for the upcoming general elections.
On behalf of RFP’s leadership, Executive Member Tlohang Sekhamane postulated that the candidates who will be standing for elections under the umbrella of the party will be elected through ‘Meritocracy’ basis in their constituencies.
The official circular released by the RFP outlined the criteria in which candidate will be elected in their respective constituencies. According to RFP’s official circular, candidates who are interested in contesting for elections are required to have adequate knowledge about governance issues and Lesotho’s political system.
Candidates are also required to show their outstanding contributions on development related issues within their constituencies and candidates are also required to show their highest level of educational qualifications.
Out of 80 constituencies, only 69 constituencies will be contested for due to the fact that 11 constituencies will be reserved for the founding members of the party.
Out of these 69 constituencies, each constituency will reveal four contestants who will be screened by the executive committee and the leader will choose the best candidate eligible to stand for elections.
The constituencies that will not be contested are Hololo # 2 which is preoccupied by Lejone Mpotjoane; Thaba Phatšoa # 8 preoccupied by Thabo Maretlane; TY # 24 preoccupied by Lebona Lephema; Maseru Central # 33 preoccupied by the former Chief Justice Nthomeng Majara; Thetsane # 34 will be occupied by the Secretary General Nthati Moorosi; Mokhethi Shale will stand for Lithabaneng # 40; The former Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) Governor Dr Retšilisitsoe Matlanyane who is the treasurer of the party will stand for Qalabane # 57; Cloete Mdlokovana will stand for Mohale’s Hoek # 61; Thabo Mofosi will stand for Moyeni # 63; while Ntsiuoa Sekete will stand Lebakeng # 70 and the Leader of the party, Sam Matekane will stand for Mantšonyane # 72
Although the modus operandi of RFP’s Candidate selection has received a backlash from a minority of supporters and other opposition parties, majority of the supporters seem to be satisfied.
This is due to the fact that RFP’s ideology in approaching elections is divergent from other political parties because RFP is a revolutionary party seeking to change Lesotho’s status quo.