UNDP to provide electoral assistance in Lesotho

Dec 3, 2014

The UN House, located in the capital city, Maseru. Photo: Mark S. Cogan / UNDP Lesotho

As a result of the United Nations electoral needs assessment mission undertaken from October 8-17 in response to an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission of Lesotho (IEC), the United Nations will provide targeted technical assistance to the IEC in preparation for the national elections scheduled for February 2015 as envisaged in the Maseru Facilitation Declaration. Technical assistance will focus on the areas of voter education and public outreach, communications, logistics, coordination of observer missions, support to women’s participation and the inclusion of disadvantaged groups.

The United Nations is committed to supporting a process that leads to credible and accepted results. It calls on all stakeholders to continue to work towards the promotion of a peaceful and conducive environment for the elections. The United Nations commends the work of SADC and the steps taken towards the implementation of the Maseru Facilitation Declaration and the Maseru Security Accord.

The United Nations will continue to provide support and engage with partners in efforts to enhance trust and build consensus in the pursuit of a peaceful and lasting resolution to political challenges in the country, as well as strengthened rule of law and a consolidated democratic process. 

Contact information

For more information, contact Mark S. Cogan, Communications and Reports Specialist (mark.cogan@one.un.org) at UNDP Lesotho.