On January 22, U.S. Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington and United Nations Resident Coordinator Karla Robin Hershey visited a training-of-trainers workshop for IEC polling staff at Molengoane Lodge in Nazareth. This workshop is part of a series of training activities focused on voter education that are being jointly sponsored by the U.S. Government and UNDP.
The U.S. Embassy in Maseru is committed to helping Lesotho hold a peaceful, credible election in February 2015. Toward that end, we are partnering with the United Nations Development Program to support the Independent Electoral Commission’s voter education efforts. The program focuses on improving public understanding of the electoral process in order to increase confidence in the process and the outcome. It will also include training sessions for polling officers, political party polling agents, observers from domestic NGOs, and journalists.
We believe an informed public will make informed decisions. An informed electorate is essential in any successful democracy and is particularly important in Lesotho’s election on February 28. The election provides an opportunity for the country to move beyond the political and security challenges of 2014–toward a secure, healthy, and prosperous future.