Lesotho general election, 2002

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General elections were held in Lesotho on 25 May 2002. The result was a victory for the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, which took over 50% of the vote and 77 of the 120 seats in the National Assembly. It was the first election held in Lesotho under the mixed member proportional representation (MMP) system, with 80 seats elected in first-past-the-post constituencies, and 40 using a proportional representation-based compensatory system. 554,386 of the 831,515 registered voters cast valid votes.[1]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Constituency
seats
PR
seats
Total
seats
+/–
Lesotho Congress for Democracy 304,316 54.6 77 0 77 –2
Basotho National Party 124,234 22.4 0 21 21 +20
Lesotho Peoples' Congress 32,046 5.8 1 4 5 New
National Independent Party 30,346 5.5 0 5 5 +5
Basutoland African Congress 16,095 2.9 0 3 3 New
Basutoland Congress Party 14,584 2.6 0 3 3 +3
Lesotho Workers' Party 7,788 1.4 0 1 1 New
Marematlou Freedom Party 6,890 1.2 0 1 1 +1
Popular Front for Democracy 6,330 1.1 0 1 1 +1
National Progressive Party 3,985 0.7 0 1 1 +1
Christian Democratic Party 1,919 0.4 0 0 0 New
New Lesotho Freedom Party 1,671 0.3 0 0 0 New
Sefate Democratic Union 1,584 0.3 0 0 0 0
Kopanang Basotho Party 1,155 0.2 0 0 0 0
United Party 901 0.2 0 0 0 New
Social Democratic Party 542 0.1 0 0 0 New
Vacant 2 0 2
Total 554,386 100 80 40 120 +40
Source: African Elections Database, EISA

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