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FDC Postpones Presidential Flag Bearer Nominations 

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has yet again postponed the nomination process for its Presidential Flag bearer in the 2021 General Elections.

This announcement was contained in a Press Statement issued on Monday, August 3, 2020.

Addressing the press, FDC’s Toterebuka Bamwenda said this development was triggered by the Electoral Commission’s (EC) delay to answer a number of their queries.

Notably, Bamwenda said that the party had inquired to know as to whether it was possible for them to hold normal campaigns to select their Presidential Flag bearer in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

“We communicated to them in relation to our principles of including the Presidential Flag Bearers nomination that includes holding both town hall meetings and public rallies,” he retorted.

However, he pointed out that despite reassurances, FDC was yet to get an answer to this effect.

“Although they promised to furnish political parties with electoral guidelines that would help the parties to carry out campaigns and hold their delegates conferences during Covid-19 with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), these have not been provided up to now,” he disclosed.

Bamwenda, therefore, said that they had opted to suspend the process, pending a National Executive Committee (NEC) decision on Friday, August 7, 2020.

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On the same note, he called upon security agencies to stop interfering with the ongoing party primaries for other selected positions henceforth.

“Police and other security organs have continued to disrupt and confiscate our electoral materials,” Bamwenda observed.

“This happened in Nangabo (Kasangati), Jinja and Tororo where our treasurer Hon. Geoffrey Ekanya was harassed by Police,” he concluded.

 

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