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Hon. Ssemujju made it clear that they will stick to their party constitution instead of government rules on all political parties. FILE PHOTO

FDC rejects government rules set for all political parties electing flagbearers for the 2021 elections, saying they will stick to their party constitution.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has made it clear that they will stick to following guidelines written in their party constitution instead of government rules on all political parties electing flagbearers for the 2021 elections.

Earlier, the government released a set of rules to be followed by all political parties wishing to conduct elections to determine who will represent them in the coming elections.

Under the set rules, the government ordered that they will not allow parties to hold delegates conferences, which attract big gatherings to make major policy decisions, including electing national leaders and presidential candidates.

However, in the wake of events, FDC has re-emphasized that the proposed government directives are only in favour of the ruling party NRM and as a result, they are determined to defy them in favour of the ones in their party’s constitution.

According to the Party’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the government wants political parties to conduct meetings virtually and generate resolutions through the signing of papers something that is against their party constitution.

Hon. Ssemujju says that they are not ready to apply any unauthorized organs of parties to handpick and elect flagbearers for the coming elections in 2021.

“They want us to conduct virtual meetings, generate resolutions through signing of papers and to use unauthorised organs of parties to handpick flagbearers. This is not acceptable,” Ssemujju said.

“We reject the government proposed regulations to govern political parties’ internal elections during Covid 19 period.”

Earlier, the FDC like any other party has been following normal procedures of nominating and selecting their members for particular positions 

In cases where there are two or more candidates for the same position, the party has been holding primaries using electoral colleges for parliamentary, mayoral and other elective positions apart from the presidential seat.

For electing the presidential flagbearers, the FDC party has been conducting a delegates conference to elect its representative. In recent elections, Dr Kizza Besigye has been running as the party’s candidate for the presidency.

However, following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus that has seen the 2021 elections shifted to being held scientifically, the government has also imposed strict rules on how political parties should conduct their internal elections.

fdc electing flagbearers for the 2021
Hon. Ssemujju made it clear that they will stick to their party constitution instead of government rules on all political parties. FILE PHOTO

This according to Hon. Ssemujju will not be followed by the FDC party because it is not in line with the party’s written constitution of having to elect their members through normal voting.

He said they have been informed that these regulations are solely to benefit the National Resistance Movement (NRM) which has in recent years manipulated its Constitution to provide for lining up behind candidates and are now stuck because of the ongoing coronavirus.

“We will not learn NRM bad manners. We have been informed that these regulations are solely to benefit the NRM which manipulated its Constitution recently to provide for lining up behind candidates and are now stuck because of Covid-19.

The NRM wants to return to electoral college [system] and secret ballot which they selfishly removed from their constitution,” Mr Ssemujju said while addressing a press conference at the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi yesterday.