The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has called off its delegates’ conference and will instead have a national council sitting on October 6 to choose the party’s presidential flag bearer.
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters at Najjanankumbi, FDC spokesman, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that this year’s delegates’ conference has been canceled because they don’t want to flaunt the COVID-19 health safety regulations.
He said they also called it off to avoid clashing with security agencies.
The delegates’ conference had been planned to take place next week with several issues on the agenda including the who will be the party’s presidential flag bearer for the 2021 elections.
He explained that party delegates will meet at the district level to take a vote on the two contenders for the FDC presidential flag – Wasswa Biriggwa and Patrick Oboi Amuriat, and forward the results to the National Council meeting next week.
The National Council is comprised of all FDC Members of Parliament, elected LC-V chairpersons and FDC district chairpersons.
The party also raised concerns about the slow pace of nomination of candidates for local government positions by the Electoral commission (EC).
Nganda said that according to reports from their party field officers, in many areas hundreds of candidates had to crowd at nomination centers and many of them spent nights at the centers without being nominated.
He also urged the EC to encourage security agencies not disrupt campaign meetings of nominated candidates under the guise of enforcing COVID-19 regulations.
He said that although the EC released a roadmap and allowed candidates to hold small meetings, the exact number of people to attend the meetings was not given which has given the police a chance “to selectively choose which meeting to block and which one to allow.”