The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has today warned that it may be forced to challenge Campaign guidelines for the 2021 polls that were recently issued by the Electoral Commission (EC).
At a press briefing held on August 7 2020, Justice Simon Byabakama announced stringent Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) concerning pre and post nomination activities, that maintained a ban on public rallies.
However, while addressing the press on Monday; FDC Spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda rejected some of the measures saying they are nearly impossible to achieve.
“The FDC rejects guideline number one that maintains a ban on public meetings, conferences and political rallies. It has already been very difficult to process candidates for the Special Interest Groups whose nomination concluded last week,” Semujju pointed out.
He added that this measure had opened a Pandora box of sorts especially considering the fact that FDC Presidential Candidates are supposed to interface with regional and district delegate’s conferences.
“Not doing so will be a violation of the FDC Constitution and the national Constitution. Parties are commanded by the Constitution to observe internal democracy,” Semujju argued.
Furthermore, he said it would be costly for the party to provide liquid soap and disinfect places where they intend to hold meetings.
“And enforcing wearing of masks is not a statutory obligation of a candidate under election laws. We have assigned a team of lawyers to study these guidelines with a view of challenging them in courts of law,” he vowed.
Meanwhile, the FDC has kick started the process of healing grievances that arose from the recently held Party Primaries across the country.
After successfully reconciling Aswa County Legislator Reagan Okumu with his arch rival and Christopher Acire last week, Semujju says different leaders had been assigned this task as well.
“Chairman for Eastern Hon. Salaamu Musumba will lead a delegation to Kasese next week. Her delegation comprises Hon. Francis Mwijukye and Hon. Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda,” he disclosed.
“Party President Hon. Patrick Amuriat Oboi and party Chairman Ambassador Wasswa Biriggwa are assigned the Acholi sub-region,” Semujju stated further.