SADC NGOs see security issues ahead of Lesotho poll

SADC non-governmental organisations say a pre-assessment of the environment in Lesotho has revealed security weaknesses in the troubled southern African kingdom, ahead of a hotly contested poll.

In a statement released yesterday, the Southern African Development Community  – Council of Non-Governmental Organisations said the recent assessment, conducted between February 11 and 15, was aimed at assessing how prepared Lesotho is to conduct free and fair elections.

The mountain kingdom goes to the poll on February 28.

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