n Africa Insight - The case of Lesotho's mixed member proportional system

Volume 39, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article addresses the perennial problem of election-related conflict in Lesotho and the innovative steps that were taken to arrest the problem in the preparation of the 2002 poll, prominent among which has been the introduction of the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system. Through this model, Lesotho enjoyed a large degree of political stability as almost all parties that contested the poll got representation in the national parliament. However, following the 2007 snap elections, the gains made so far seem to have dissipated; Africa's first MMP system has collapsed, and the potential for violent conflict and political instability have been rekindled.

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