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BAP MPs ready to cross the floor

by Lesotho Times

Pascalinah Kabi

LEGISLATORS who dumped the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) to form the Basotho Action Party (BAP) are expected to cross to the opposition benches in parliament today.

One of the legislators, Motlatsi Maqelepo of the Berea constituency, yesterday told the Lesotho Times that BAP which is led by the former ABC deputy leader, Nqosa Mahao, would cross over to the opposition side today.

Mr Maqelepo said the party, which was formed last Tuesday, had registered with the Law Office and it was now left with completing the registration process with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

“We successfully registered with the Law Office yesterday (Tuesday) but we are not in a position to share our constitution with the public as yet,” Mr Maqelepo said.

“We are currently filling IEC registration forms. Our intention is to cross the floor tomorrow (today). We will do so if all the (IEC) procedures would have been concluded in time for us to cross the floor,” Mr Maqelepo said.

The floor crossing will give a clear indication of the level of support that Prof Mahao’s new party enjoys. Over the weekend, Prof Mahao claimed that he had the support of at least 20 former ABC MPs. The ABC has also come out to say that it retains the support of at least 35 MPs.

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