Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has postponed nomination for party Presidential flag bearer to next week due to Eid celebrations.
Addressing the party’s weekly press briefing, the party Spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda noted that the decision to have the presidential nominations extended was arrived at after a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held last week.
Ssemujju said the nomination exercise was to take place on Thursday and Friday this week yet Friday happens to be Eid celebrations.
“The nominations were supposed to take place on Thursday and Friday but because Friday will be Eid, the National Executive Committee sat here last week decided to postpone it to next week to allow our Muslim brothers and sisters to celebrate Eid that day,” Ssemujju said.
Ssemujju who congratulated and wished the Muslim community happy Eid celebrations added that the nominations shall take place on Monday August 3 and 4 and will be presided over by the Ag. Electoral Commission Chairman, Toterebuka Bamwenda.
“The exercise will commence at 10:00am and close at 5:00pm, we don’t want anyone to turn up here after the closure, we shall consider you insane, you are all notified that the nominations will be on those days,” Ssemujju emphasized.
Ssemujju noted that the guidelines for campaigns shall be issued to the aspirants after nomination adding that later on, the Electoral Commission and NEC will sit and set the day for the delegates conference when the Presidential flag bearer shall be elected.
“In FDC unlike other parties, we go through a process, there is no presumptive candidate until we go through that process,” Ssemujju noted.
He added that a member shall qualify for presidential flag bearer only when he or she qualifies for President under the national Constitution.
The party mouthpiece also warned that members to qualify for the position must be fully party card holders who have no pending obligations with the party secretariat.
The development come at a time when there are reports that the party is finding hard time to get a presidential flag bearer on rumors that the former flag bearer, Dr. Kizza Besigye is not interested in offering himself for the position.
On the other hand, the FDC Primaries for directly elected Members of Parliament will take place between 16th and 20th August, 2020.