PRETORIA, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the facilitator for Lesotoho appointed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has welcomed the determination of the SADC and African Union (AU) election observer missions regarding elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The Presidency said in a statement issued here Wednesday that the election observer missions determined that the elections held in Lesotho last Saturday were largely peaceful and in line with AU and SADC protocols on elections.

Ramaphosa, as the SADC Facilitator, extended his profound congratulations to the people of Lesotho and commended them for conducting peaceful elections.

He urged all stakeholders to accept the outcome of the peaceful elections as announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and an expression of the democratic will of the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Former prime minister Thomas Thabane has taken the unassailable lead in the country’s parliamentary election, according to the final results published on Tuesday.

Thabane, who made a comeback after a two-year exile, had won the most seats, clinching 48 of the 80 directly contested constituencies by Monday night, while his arch-rival and current Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili had won only 16 seats.

Another 40 seats in the 120-member Parliament will be allocated on a proportional representation basis.

The holding of democratic elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho underlines the determination of the people of the region and the continent to ensure good political and economic governance as part of the building blocks towards the renewal of the continent and the achievement of Agenda 2063 as a growth path for the entire continent,” Ramaphosa said.

In line with SADC Summit decisions and agreements with all role-players, the SADC facilitation mission with the support of the SADC Oversight Committee will, soon after the formation of the new government, pay an official visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho with a view to convening a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum to build consensus for the implementation of SADC decisions.”

He said these will include the implementation of the constitutional and security sector reforms, as well as recommendations of the Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry.

We look forward to working with the new government and all role-players towards the achievement of these goals and to help set the Kingdom on the path of sustainable peace, security, constitutionality and development.