The opposition Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) has issued its internal electoral roadmap with an appeal to its members that are interested in the presidential position to pick nomination forms on Thursday next week July 30, 2020.
The FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda said the forms will be picked and returned to party headquarters at Najjanankumbi in Kampala.
“On July 30, which is aspiring presidential candidates will pick and return nomination papers at the party headquarters at Najjanankumbi,” he said.
There have been reports of late that former FDC presidential candidate Rtd Col Dr. Kizza Besigye will not run for president.
The FDC has fielded Dr. Besigye on three occasions since its founding in 2005 and he had competed for the presidency one other time in 2001 before political parties were reintroduced.
Since the founding of FDC, the only person who has challenged Dr Besigye for the party ticket is Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu who has since left FDC and started his own political party, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).
The possibility of Besigye not running for president has caused unease within FDC which is fast running out of time to find a replacement they consider for the task.
It remains unclear how FDC will perform in the 2021 presidential elections if Besigye is not lined up as a candidate on the party ticket now that President Museveni has already picked nomination forms from his ruling NRM party to stand as President of Uganda in the 2021 general election.
Meanwhile, Semujju announced that nominations for special interest groups, that is youths, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly are due to begin on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, which is next week.
Village electoral committees have been instructed to complete candidates’ identification and selection by Friday this week. Where there is more than one candidate, Semujju said consensus-building should be tried and if it fails, primaries must be organized immediately in accordance with the provisions of the FDC constitution.
The village mainstream committees (branches) have been instructed to hunt for candidates where no member has expressed interest.
“The Forum for Democratic Change would like to remind members and supporters that primaries for sub-county candidates (LC 3 chairpersons and all Councilors, that is LC 3, 4 and 5) will be held between July 26th to 30th 2020,” Semujju added.
The respective electoral colleges were instructed to note the dates and guidelines issued by the FDC Electoral Commission in accordance with the party constitution.
Primaries for district chairpersons and woman MP will be held on August 14 and 15, 2020, and for directly elected MPs, primaries will be conducted between August 16 and 20, 2020.