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IEC registers 900,000 voters

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Lesotho has registered more than 900,000 people for the general election which is expected to take place some time next year, news reports said on Thursday.

Reports quoted IEC chairman Leshele Thoahlane as saying that the figure had "exceeded" the IEC target. Voter registration had been extended for a month after the IEC realised that the target of 900,000 would not be met by the close of registration on 9 September.

The low turnout had been attributed to voter apathy. Thoahlane said that the preliminary voter lists would be displayed for 14 days during which time the voters would have the opportunity to check to see that their details were correct. Thoahlane added that a final voters roll would be ready for inspection in January.

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