ABC endorses 33 candidates

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MASERU — The main opposition All Basotho Convention (ABC) has endorsed primary election results for National Assembly candidates in 33 of the country’s 80 constituencies.

Results from the remaining 47 constituencies are yet to be approved owing to delays and queries from some losing candidates.

The ABC, formed in October 2006 to challenge the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) party in the 2007 general poll, kicked off its primary elections in December.

ABC founder and leader, Thomas Thabane’s Abia, secretary general Thabiso Litšiba’s Koro-Koro and the women’s league president, ’Mamahele Radebe’s Hololo constituencies have had their results endorsed by the committee.

Thabane, who won the Abia constituency by a landslide in the 2007 poll, is likely to face stiff competition from the LCD’s ’Mafako Molefi.

Radebe on the other hand will for the second time go head to head with the LCD’s Teboho Letšela.

Former police officer Kemiso Mosenene, who serves as the head of Thabane’s security escort, will represent the ABC in Moyeni.

Mosenene will battle it out with the LCD’s Mahooana Rapitso Khati while Litšiba will square off with LCD’s Refiloe Litjobo. Michael Molefe will wrestle for the ’Maliepetsane constituency seat with Public Service Minister Ramootse Lehata.

“Most constituencies have concluded the primary election process. For instance, we received reports from Qacha’s Nek and Tsoelike today,” Lits’iba said.

“The grievances differ. Some constituencies complain that due process was not followed or that the procedure was not observed,” Litšiba said.

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