Flag_of_Lesotho.svgThe proportion of women elected in the 1 October 2011 Local Government elections in Lesotho decreased from 58% (2005 elections) to 49.1%. The result reduces the number of women represented at the local though Lesotho has the highest proportion of women in local government in the SADC region. The two sets of results have come about within a mixed electoral system that reserves special seats for women. Lesotho however missed the opportunity to escalate the quota at local level to national level in the February 2014 national elections where women’s proportion in parliament is currently at 25%. The PR seats delivered a higher proportion of women, but the overall performance is just 50% where Lesotho needs to be at 50%.

Read more on the mixed electoral system in Lesotho and women’s representation and participation in local government:
Pamphlet: Getting the balance right
Gender in the 2011 Lesotho Local Government Election: Click here 
Fact Sheet: Click here