Center for Electoral Forensics
[mountain village]

The ABCs of Lesotho

The Kingdom of Lesotho is an enclave, entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. This geography has fundamentally influenced Lesotho and its foreign and domestic politics. As with most African countries, its post-independence history is filled with military governments, elections, coups d'état, and juntas. Throughout it all, Lesotho kept…

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[national assembly]

Moving Forward

The Republic of South Africa is the most Western — in terms of culture — of the sub-Saharan countries. Best known for apartheid (1948–1981), South Africa had its first free and fair elections in 1994 when it elected Nelson Mandela over F. W. de Klerk and almost filled the National…

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[the highlands]

A Coalition in Lesotho

The election is held. The seats are allocated. The splintered Lesotho Congress for Democracy lost 36 seats. The new Democratic Congress won 48 seats. The former powerhouse All Basotho Convention gained 13 seats. However, no party received a majority in the National Assembly. Will the Lesotho Congress for Democracy and…

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[Maletsunyane Falls]

Lesotho's Election

The Kingdom of Lesotho sits surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. It is the highest country in the world (entirely above 4500 feet in elevation). It is landlocked. It is small (two million people). It also has a thriving parliamentary democracy similar to the Westminster system spawned in the…

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Sata won

The election was held, protests broke out while the vote counting took longer than anticipated, opposition candidate Michael Sata was declared the winner. According to official reports out of Zambia (although the results have not been posted to the official Electoral Commission of Zambia website), Michael Sata won the presidency…

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