South Africa’s Deputy President and SADC facilitator, Cyril Ramaphosa says the Troika meeting will be preceded by the deployment of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission on 18 February in Maseru.
This is part of preparations for the forthcoming elections scheduled for 28 February 2015.
During his visit to Lesotho, the facilitator, Deputy President Ramaphosa expressed satisfaction with the levels of preparations for the forthcoming elections as organised by Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
This view was also expressed by the SADC Electoral Advisory Council which had recently visited the country to assess the readiness for the holding of elections.
As part of efforts to create a climate conducive for the holding of elections, Ramaphosa held meetings with officers of Lesotho’s Defence Force and Lesotho’s Mounted Police Service, following which he announced an agreement that members of the Lesotho’s Defence Force will remain in barracks during the elections and only assist upon request from Lesotho’s IEC.
Ramaphosa also announced the Christian Council of Lesotho’s intention to host a National Day of Prayer service to be held in Maseru on 21 February.
The SADC facilitator further indicated that issues around security challenges and the request for SADC to provide material support for the brought forward elections will continue to receive the attention of the SADC Facilitation Mission.