Basutoland general election, 1965

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General elections were held in Basutoland on 29 April 1965. The result was a narrow victory for the Basotholand National Party, which led the country to independence as Lesotho on 4 October the following year.[1] Voter turnout was 62.8%.[2]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Basotholand National Party 108,140 42.0 31
Basutoland Congress Party 103,068 40.0 25
Marematlou Freedom Party 40,414 16.5 4
Marema-Tlou Party 5,697 2.2 0
Independents 79 0.0 0
Invalid/blank votes 4,426 - -
Total 261,824 100 60
Source: Nohlen et al.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesotho: Restoration of Lesotho's independence EISA
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p501 ISBN 0-19-829645-2