Transformation Resource Centre through the Public Participation and Parliamentary Affairs unit facilitated an activity on the 15 and 16 August 2018 aimed at building institutional development of political parties to strengthen parliamentary democracy. The activity was divided into two sessions. On the first day there was a keynote address and presentation by the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Honourable Teboho Lehloenya who addressed the following issues:
- Proper Management of political parties in a democracy
- The effect that political parties’ internal instability have in parliament
- how the weakness of political parties affect the life of parliament and
- to inquire if the political parties are fit for the purpose for which they are established
Professor Motlamelle Kapa from the academia (National University of Lesotho) carried out a research for TRC on the Proliferation of Political Parties in Lesotho. The Professor therefore presented the findings that were made in his research and engaged the participants on the discussion. The session enabled a dialogue where participants identified issues within their political parties which they believe led to political party splits. Later, Dr Victor Shale made a presentation on the political party programs that could help strengthen internal democracy and reduce conflicts.
During the second session, Adv. Maqakachane, President of Law Society Lesotho made a presentation of a comparative study that has been made on how other countries who have a political parties act carry out their business in regard to the administration of political parties. The aim here is to conscientize the participants about the importance of having clear systems in place such as good laws and legislation.
Adv. Mamosebi Pholo representing the electoral body (IEC) made a presentation on the accountability and compliance of political parties. The aim was to capacitate political parties and show them the importance of compliance so that they remain in good standing with this body for them not to be de-registered.
All these presentations and discussions helped build a consensus among stakeholders that there is a need for Political Parties Act that would provide for the administration, development and regulate political parties to promote integrity of their operations.