The Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs of the Republic of Namibia, also Head of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Election Observation Mission (SEOM), Mr. Frans Kapofi officiated at the launch of the Observation Mission Electoral (SEOM) of the SADC in the event.
held in Maseru.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Kapofi said that he is honored to welcome everyone on behalf of His Excellency Dr. G.
Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, who is the Chairman of the SADC Body on Cooperation in Politics, Defense and Security.
Therefore, he expressed his gratitude to the Kingdom of Lesotho Independent Electoral Commission for the invitation extended to SADC to observe the National Assembly Elections scheduled for October 7, 2022 in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
He said that since his arrival, the mission has observed a general calm and peace, saying that these are signs of the progress of the democratic culture of the people of Lesotho, for which he commended the government and people of the Kingdom of Lesotho.
He said that SADC observes elections in its member states on the basis of the revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections (2021), and said that all SADC member states affirmed their commitment to implement these Principles and guidelines.
He noted that the Principles and Guidelines provide an objective and scientific methodology for election observation in order to contribute to the consolidation of democracy in the Region by improving best electoral practices and addressing electoral deficiencies.
Mr. Kapofi said that the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) has been in Lesotho since September 25, 2022 to observe the elections scheduled for October 7, 2022, which are for the purpose of electing the members of the National Assembly, saying that through this process, the leader of the political party or group of political parties that is part of the majority in the National Assembly will be elected as Prime Minister of the country.
“SADC urges all registered voters to exercise their civic and political rights by going out to vote on October 7, 2022.
We encourage all stakeholders to ensure that these elections are conducted in a peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible.
We look forward to an electoral process that adheres to the democratic values and principles enshrined in the SADC Treaty, the Protocol on Cooperation in Politics, Defense and Security; and the revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections,” he stressed.
He said that the Preliminary Statement regarding the observations of the 2022 National Assembly Elections mission will be published on October 9, 2022, in Lesotho Avani.
The observers have been deployed to ten districts in Lesotho.