28 February 2015
Last updated at 09:12
Voting at more than 2,000 polling stations began early on Saturday
Lesotho is voting in snap elections aimed at resolving tensions among the nation’s warring political factions.
About 1.2 million people are registered to vote in the poll.
Last year, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane suspended parliament to avoid a motion that would have ousted him as head of the coalition government.
He later fled, saying he was the target of a coup attempt, after the military – known to have links to the opposition – attacked the police headquarters.
He soon returned escorted by South African police and is now contesting the election.
Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa, which played a key role mediating.
Another coalition is likely, analysts say.
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has cast his vote
About 1.2 million people are registered to vote
The Southern Africa Development Community regional group has sent security