The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has ‘advised’ the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to learn from it on how to carry out free and fair elections.
Addressing the press at the party head offices in Kampala today, DRC spokesman Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda noted that the party flag bearer campaigns are moving on well and so will the elections.
He disclosed that his party asked the NRM and other political parties to attend the flag bearer elections exercise so that they can ‘learn’ from the FDC.
“We invited the NRM so that they learn that people within the same party can compete and shake hands; we invited political parties so that they can emulate us,” Nganda, who is also the Kyadondo East MP, said.
It was not possible to reach NRM spokesperson Mary Karooro Okurut for comment, but the FDC spokesperson said that the ‘successful national campaigns’ by Col Dr Kizza Besigye and Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, the party flag bearer candidates show that the party is strong and united.
“Apart from persuading delegates to elect them, they have also marketed the party and engaged supporters,” Ssemujju Nganda said, adding: ‘the intention is not to only build FDC but offer lessons. We congratulate ourselves on the achievement.”
He stressed that the party faces challenges but that they will overcome them and have better elections. “We will capitalize on our weaknesses to make this exercise better; we will deal with them.”
In other developments, the FDC has released a register of 1043 delegates who will vote at the delegates’ conference to be held on September 3. On the same day the delegates will also elect the 17 members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
Meanwhile, the FDC Electoral Commissioner has said the flag bearer elections process is progressing well.
Handing the election registers to Wilberforce Kyambadde, the team leader of ‘Besigye camp’ and James Kalija, the ‘Team Muntu’ leader, Mr Dan Mugarura said the exercise shows that the party is transparent.
“The registers approved by party Electoral Commission were handed to both teams; both teams agreed so that we share responsibility and these are the authentic documents we will use for the election,” said Mr Mugarura.
The Forum for Democratic Change is set to hold elections on September 3 to choose who will contest for presidency in 2016 against several contestants including incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.