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FDC Cancels 2020 Delegates' Conference - Ssemujju Nganda :: Uganda Radionetwork

FDC Cancels 2020 Delegates' Conference - Ssemujju Nganda

The delegates conference had been planned to take place next week with many issues on the agenda but top on the list, to elect the 2021 presidential flag bearer.
FDC Spokesperson addressing Journalists during a press confrence at Najanankumbi party head offices-2-

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The Forum for Democratic Change - FDC has cancelled it's delegates' conference and will instead have a national Council sitting on October 6th.

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the FDC spokesperson said the delegates' conference for this year is 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.

Ssemujju Nganda told journalists during a weekly press briefing at their headquarters in Najanankumbi on Monday that they have now decided to hold a national council sitting at the party headquarters on October 6th.

He explained that they have asked district party chairpersons to organize meetings involving party delegates at district levels, get them to vote their favourite candidate between Ambassador Wasswa Biriggwa and Patrick Oboi Amuriat and the results will be delivered at the National council sitting next week.

The National council has membership of all FDC Members of parliament, District LCV chairpersons serving in this term and FDC party District chairmen.

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The party also raised concerns about the lack of speed exhibited by the Electoral commission in handling the nomination exercise for local government candidates. 

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. 

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He also requested that as local government nominees prepare to start their campaigns, the Electoral Commission must reign in and clarify on police and military's blockage and disruption of campaign meetings under the guide of enforcing COVID-19 regulations. 

He explained that although the commission released a roadmap and said that candidates can hold small meetings, the exact number of people to attend the meetings was not given and so police has made it a habit to selectively choose which meeting to block and which one to allow. 

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Meanwhile, as the country continues to mourn the former Kampala Mayor Al-haj Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala who passed away last Saturday, FDC has lauded him for having pioneered in the acquisition of Kampala political leadership by opposition. 

Nganda said that it was through Ssebaggala's efforts that Kampala has always been in the hands of opposition leaders hence enhancing checks, criticism and demand for accountability from the NRM government. 

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