On those who want to contest in the general elections on the FDC ticket, Ssemujju said that they already issued expression of interest forms to know how many people are interested. He said in places where there will be more than one candidate, they will conduct party primaries the same way they have been conducting them in the past.
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has extended the term of office of its leaders until after 2021 general
spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told Uganda Radio Network that the circumstances in the country can’t allow them to conduct
the elections as required by their party constitution.
The party was due to change leaders this July.
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On those who want to contest in the general elections on the
FDC ticket, Ssemujju said that they already issued an expression of interest forms
to know how many people are interested. He said in places where there will be
more than one candidate, they will conduct party primaries the same way they have
been conducting them in the past.
“We have sequenced these exercises to take us through the
month of July and August. FDC internal program is not affected by any other
program. In some constituencies, you have about 300 people who make up the
Electoral College, those will have to physically assemble. There is no other way. We shall not have elections on phone or circulate papers like the
NRM is saying,” says Ssemujju.
In the revised Electoral Commission roadmap, parties are
prohibited to carry out the open-air campaign as a means to control the spread of the
In line with the standing regulations by the ministry of health,
the Electoral Commission said gathering people in normal campaign rallies has
been replaced by virtual campaigns where candidates use the media. All but a
few opposition political parties have rejected this arrangement arguing that it
will disfranchise a lot of people who have no access to media platforms.
that the party equally rejects the guidelines that were recently presented before
parliament by the Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Prof. Ephraim
Kamuntu, that allows the National Executive Committees of political parties to
make decisions including selecting candidates to vie for political offices.
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But speaking to URN the spokesperson of the National
Resistance Movement Rogers Mulindwa said the opposition will
reject everything for as long as it has been suggested by the government.
Currently, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee is scrutinizing the guidelines including consulting stakeholders.