National Assembly (Lesotho)

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National Assembly
9th Parliament
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Type
Type
History
Founded April 1965
New session started
10 March 2015[1]
Leadership
Speaker
Structure
Seats 120
Political groups
  ABC: 46 seats
  Others: 8 seats
  BNP: 7 seats
  LCD: 12 seats
  DC: 47 seats
Length of term
5 years
Elections
Mixed-member proportional representation
Last election
28 February 2015
Meeting place
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Maseru, Lesotho
Website
www.parliament.ls
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The National Assembly is the lower chamber of Lesotho's bicameral Parliament.[2]

Composition[edit]

The current National Assembly, formed following elections held on 26 May 2012, has a total of 120 members. 80 members are elected in single member constituencies using the simple majority (or First-past-the-post) system. The remaining 40 members are elected through proportional representation and national party-lists. Members serve five-year terms.

Ntlhoi Motsamai is the current Speaker of the National Assembly.

Previous National Assembly election results[edit]

Political Party Election Year
1965 (1) 1970 (2) 1993 1998 2002
Basotho Congress Party (BCP) 25 36 65 - 03
Basotho National Party (BNP) 31 23 - 01 21
Basutoland African Congress (BAC) - - - - 03
Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) - - - 79 77
Lesotho Peoples' Congress (LPC) - - - - 05
Lesotho Workers' Party (LWP) - - - - 01
Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) 04 01 - - 01
National Independent Party (NIP) - - - - 05
National Progressive Party (NPP) - - - - 01
Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) - - - - 01
Vacant - - - - 02
Total 60 60 65 80 120
e • d Results of the 26 May 2012 National Assembly of Lesotho elections
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Constituency PR Total
Democratic Congress (DC) 218,366 39.58 41 7 48 New
All Basotho Convention (ABC) 138,917 25.18 26 4 30 Increase13
Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) 121,076 21.94 12 14 26 Decrease36
Basotho National Party (BNP) 23,788 4.31 0 5 5 Increase2
Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) 11,166 2.02 1 2 3 Increase2
National Independent Party (NIP) 6,880 1.25 0 2 2 Decrease19
Lesotho Peoples' Congress (LPC) 5,021 0.91 0 1 1 Steady
Basotho Democratic National Party (BDNP) 3,433 0.62 0 1 1 Steady
Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) 3,300 0.60 0 1 1 Steady
Basotho Congress Party (BCP) 2,531 0.46 0 1 1 Steady
Basotho Batho Democratic Party (BBDP) 2,440 0.44 0 1 1 Steady
Lesotho Workers' Party (LWP) 2,408 0.44 0 1 1 Decrease9
All Democratic Corporation (ADC) 1,933 0.35 0 0 0 Steady
Lekhotla La Mekhoa le Moetlo (LMM) 1,691 0.31 0 0 0 Steady
Areka Covenant Front for Development (ACFD) 1,227 0.22 0 0 0 Steady
Sankatana Social Democratic Party (SSDP) 1,081 0.20 0 0 0 Steady
African Unity Movement (AUM) 714 0.13 0 0 0 Steady
White Horse Party (WHP) 252 0.05 0 0 0 Steady
Independents 5,502 1.00 0 0 0 Steady
Invalid/blank votes 12,725
Total 564,451 100.00 80 40 120
Registered voters/turnout 1,127,980 50.04
Source: Independent Electoral Commission, Independent Electoral Commission, African Elections Database

Notes[edit]

  1. In the pre-independence 1965 election, the Basotho National Party was known as the Basutoland National Party and the Basotho Congress Party was known as the Basutoland Congress Party.
  2. The results of the 1970 election were annulled soon after they were announced.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HIS MAJESTY SUMMONS NINTH PARLIAMENT". Lesotho News Agency. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "National Assembly". Government of Lesotho. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 

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