Women in Lesotho should be celebrating another step towards true equality this week. And some of them should be preparing for Chieftainship. But they’re not. Instead the cause of women’s rights has suffered a severe blow – thanks to the reactionary ruling of the country’s Constitutional Court in the Masupha chieftainship case.

This piece provides the analytical updates of the election starting with the 27th February 2015 – the day before election. It provides the overview of the key electoral dynamics of the day and the implication for the credibility of the March 28th election.

In a major boost for democracy in southern Africa, Lesotho’s 2012 elections saw an opposition coalition topple the government of Pakalitha Mosisili, who had been Prime Minister for 14 years. After a smooth and peaceful transition, Thomas Thabane was sworn in as Lesotho’s new head of government. But while it was a democratic landmark, the challenges facing the fragile coalition are numerous.

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