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The Lesotho National Assembly Elections, 23 May 1998

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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The Campaign and the News Media

Although nominations took place on 20 April the election campaign officially began a month earlier, on 21 March 1998. This was also before the official gazetting of the new constituency boundaries. So the campaign began without any officially recognised candidates and without clarity as to where one constituency stopped and another started.

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