National Assembly (Lesotho)

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National Assembly
Palamente ea Lesotho
9th Parliament
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Type
Type
History
Founded April 1965
New session started
10 March 2015[1]
Leadership
Speaker
Structure
Seats 120
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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 2007 2012
Basotho Congress Party (BCP) 25 36 65 - 03 02 01
Basotho National Party (BNP) 31 23 - 01 21 03 05
Basutoland African Congress (BAC) - - - - 03 - -
Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) - - - 79 77 62 26
Lesotho Peoples' Congress (LPC) - - - - 05 - 01
Lesotho Workers' Party (LWP) - - - - 01 10 01
Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) 04 01 - - 01 01 01
National Independent Party (NIP) - - - - 05 21 02
National Progressive Party (NPP) - - - - 01 - -
Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) - - - - 01 01 03
All Basotho Convention (ABC) - - - - - 17 30
Basotho Democratic National Party (BDNP) - - - - - 01 01
Basotho Batho Democratic Party (BBDP) - - - - - 01 01
Democratic Congress (DC) - - - - - - 48
Vacant - - - - 02 01 -
Total 60 60 65 80 120 120 120

2015 election[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Constituency PR Total
Democratic Congress 218,573 38.37 37 10 47 –1
All Basotho Convention 215,022 37.75 40 6 46 +16
Lesotho Congress for Democracy 56,467 9.91 2 10 12 –14
Basotho National Party 31,508 5.53 1 6 7 +2
Popular Front for Democracy 9,829 1.73 0 2 2 –1
Reformed Congress of Lesotho 6,731 1.18 0 2 2 New
National Independent Party 5,404 0.95 0 1 1 –1
Marematlou Freedom Party 3,413 0.60 0 1 1 0
Basutoland Congress Party 2,721 0.48 0 1 1 0
Lesotho People's Congress 1,951 0.34 0 1 1 0
Basotho Democratic National Party 1,901 0.33 0 0 0 –1
All Democratic Corporation 1,689 0.30 0 0 0 0
Basotho Batho Democratic Party 1,285 0.23 0 0 0 –1
Hamore Democratic Party 1,265 0.22 0 0 0 New
Baena 1,259 0.22 0 0 0 New
Lekhotla La Mekhoa le Moetlo 1,008 0.18 0 0 0 0
Community Freedom Movement 941 0.17 0 0 0 New
Progressive Democrats 751 0.13 0 0 0 New
Basotho African National Congress 582 0.10 0 0 0 New
Lesotho Workers' Party 577 0.10 0 0 0 –1
Tsebe Social Democrats 531 0.09 0 0 0 New
African Unity Movement 390 0.07 0 0 0 0
White Horse Party 174 0.03 0 0 0 0
Independents 5,651 0.99 0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 7,754
Total 577,377 100 80 40 120
Registered voters/turnout 1,209,192 47.75
Source: IEC Lesotho, Election Passport

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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