"This study provides an analysis of the state of political parties in Lesotho. In investigating the state of parties we also pose a related question regarding the impact of party operations on the country’s democratization process. This study is not only timely given the challenges facing Lesotho’s democracy, but it is also relevant considering the newly introduced local government system and the political reforms under way in the country today. Two of these challenges include the electoral system reform of 2002 and the on-going parliamentary reforms, as well as the implementation of local governance. All these challenges, particularly the electoral and parliamentary reforms, are bound to affect party operations both within and outside of parliament, either for better or for worse."