Ramaphosa arrives safely in Lesotho

It’s vital that the outcome of today’s voting is accepted by all participants.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

PRETORIA - Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Lesotho where voting continues in the country's general election.

Today's election takes place amid a framework of the Lesotho constitution and an accord facilitated by Ramaphosa.

The election was moved up by two years after last-year's attempted coup allegedly lead by an army general and disagreements between parties in Lesotho's coalition government.

The coalition forged after the 2012 poll nearly ended in a coup last August.

So it's vital that the outcome of today's voting, designed to restore stability to the mountain kingdom, is accepted by all participants.

The military, who is believed to be behind the attempted overthrow of Prime Minister Tom Thabane six months ago, is confined to barracks.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who's the regionally mandated mediator in this crisis, says he's confident the process will run peacefully.

The result will be announced next week.