According to FDC acting electoral commission chairperson, Boniface Toterebuka Bamwenda without clear guidelines from the Electoral Commission (EC), the party has found it necessary to postpone the Presidential flag bearers’ roadmap as the party National Executive Committee takes a decision on the same on August 7, 2020.
FDC after the release of adjusted roadmap by the EC wrote to seek more guidance on the principle of intending presidential flag bearers holding both town hall meetings and public rallies.
“Although they promised to furnish political parties with electoral guidelines that would help political parties to carry out campaigns and hold delegates conference these have not been provided up to now,” he said.
“We would also want to remind the EC to effectively respond to pertinent issues arising out of electoral affairs.”
The one week Toterebuka said will help the party to identify and nominate candidates in the newly created counties.
“Following the creation of new counties on July 30, 2020 and interference with the earlier communicated FDC electoral roadmap, we are calling upon the district leaders and electoral supervisors to identify and nominate candidates in the respective newly created counties,” he said.
Parliament recently approved 46 new counties expanding the Parliamentary elective seats to 497.
Relatedly he added that FDC was conducting its party primaries and that they were being handled by the respective district electoral supervisors.
“However, police and other security organs have continued to disrupt and also confiscate our electoral materials.
This happened in Nangabo (Kasangati), Jinja, and Tororo where our Treasurer General Hon. Ekanya Geoffrey was harassed by police. We have reports that our primaries that are taking place in Kasese today are being interfered with by the Police,” he said.
Toterebuka said this has continued even after writing to police notifying them of their activities of identifying candidates.
“We implore police and security forces to stop interfering with our internal processes and also appearing partisan in nature,” he appealed.
The party reminded all the flag bearers for the various special interest groups (youth, elderly, and PWDs) of the nominations scheduled for August 5, 2020.
“We call upon our sub county leaders and district leaders to handle this process effectively,” Toterebuka urged.
Source : New Vision https://www.newvision.co.ug/news