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Title:Special issue: elections and democracy in Lesotho
Editors:Kadima, DenisISNI
Matlosa, KhabeleISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Elections (ISSN 1609-4700)
Geographic term:Lesotho
electoral systems
Abstract:The principal preoccupation of the contributors to this issue of 'Journal of African Elections' is the 2007 general election in Lesotho. Their larger concern is to review Lesotho's political transition from authoritarian governance to multiparty democracy since 1993 and to explore the challenges of institutionalizing a representative multiparty democracy that promotes development and ensures political stability and the political and socioeconomic rights and civil liberties of the Basotho people. The editorial (Khabele Matlosa) sketches the context within which democracy and elections are currently evolving in Lesotho, with the author arguing that elections alone do not make democracy and that participation, a critical element of democracy, cannot be reduced merely to voting in elections. The various contributions deal in more detail with specific aspects of the 2007 elections: the MMP (mixed member proportional) electoral system (Jørgen Elklit); electoral politics, political instability and the management of the post-election conflict (Khabele Matlosa); party alliances and political coalitions (Francis K. Makoa); prospects for the promotion of a culture of political tolerance (Sehoai Santho); models of voting behaviour (sociological, party identification, patron-client, rational choice) and explanations for the electoral success of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) (Fako Johnson Likoti); electoral system reform and gender equality (Khabele Matlosa); the challenge of political legitimacy posed by the electoral process and its outcome (Sofonea Shale); the role and position of civil society organizations in the democratization process (Motlamelle Anthony Kapa and Lira Theko); the impact of floor crossing on electoral politics and representative democracy (Khabele Matlosa and Victor Shale); the socioeconomic cost of the post-election conflict (Masilo Philemon Makhetha); and the media and electoral politics (Nthakeng Pheello Selinyane). [ASC Leiden abstract]