The opposition political party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has today opened the window for members with desire to contest in the November 2 presidential elections to pick nomination papers.
In a statement released today, FDC electoral commission chairman, Dan Mugarura, announced to party members that “nomination for the position of party president for the year 2017-2022 will take place on the 14th -15th August 2017.”
This is in a bid to replace the incumbent, Mugisha Muntu, whose first term expires on November 22.
The nominations of successful candidates will kick-off on August 17-31 while the elections will be held on November 2. According to the election road map released recently, picking nomination forms should have taken place between July 10 to August 12.
However the party’s deputy secretary general, Harold Kaija, told The Observer by telephone today that the delay was caused by another delay in advertising in the media.
“Nothing comes to pass without the authorisation of NEC, the process brought to NEC last week and when it was passed it couldn’t start because according to guidelines, an advert has to first be run. The advert has only run in the newspaper today,” Kaija said.
The candidates that have so far expressed interest in running for party president are incumbent Mugisha Muntu, secretary general Nathan Nandala-Mafabi, deputy vice president Geoffrey Ekanya, Moses Byamugisha and former MP Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
Muntu succeeded Kizza Besigye, the founding FDC president, on November 22, 2012 when he polled 393 votes to beat his closest rival Nandala-Mafabi who attained 361 votes. Geoffrey Ekanya came third with 17 votes.