Lesotho general election, 1998

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General elections were held in Lesotho on 24 May 1998, except in the Moyeni constituency, where voting was postponed until 1 August due to the death of one of the candidates.[1] The result was a comprehensive victory for the new Lesotho Congress for Democracy, which claimed 79 of the 80 seats. The party was formed by a breakaway from the Basutoland Congress Party, which had won the 1993 elections.

Of the 1,017,753 registered voters, 593,955 valid votes.[2]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Lesotho Congress for Democracy 359,764 60.7 79 New
Basotho National Party 145,210 24.5 1 +1
Basotho Congress Party 62,313 10.5 0 -65
Marematlou Freedom Party 7,546 1.3 0 0
Sefate Democratic Union 3,160 0.5 0 New
Popular Front for Democracy 3,077 0.5 0 0
National Progressive Party 2,897 0.5 0 New
National Independent Party 1,644 0.3 0 0
Congress for Democracy Party 1,185 0.2 0 New
Kopanang Basotho Party 174 0.0 0 0
Lesotho Education Party 92 0.0 0 0
Independents 6,536 1.1 0 0
Total 595,955 100 80 +15
Source: Nohlen et al.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesotho: 1998 National Assembly election results EISA
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p501 ISBN 0-19-829645-2