General election today
Around 1.1 million people will vote in the general election in Lesotho today.
The election will be held for the 120 seats in the National Assembly, the lower house of the bicameral parliament. Eighty seats will be elected through constituencies and forty by proportional representation.
The contest is between 15 parties and there has been no opinion polling to determine the likely outcome. However, the contest is expected to be between three parties two of whom are breakaway parties from the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD). The other two parties are the Democratic Congress (DC) which broke away from the LCD in February after the ruling party refused to endorse the prime minister, Pakalitha Mosisili. He formed the DC and took 45 of the 62 LCD lawmakers with him. The third party is the All Basotho Convention (ABC) which broke away in 2006.
Polling stations in the mountainous country surrounded by South Africa are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.