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FDC, DP to hold grassroots elections

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd June 2010 03:00 AM

THE Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Democratic Party (DP) are set to hold grassroots and party primary elections in preparation for the 2011 national elections.

THE Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Democratic Party (DP) are set to hold grassroots and party primary elections in preparation for the 2011 national elections.

By Jeff Lule
THE Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Democratic Party (DP) are set to hold grassroots and party primary elections in preparation for the 2011 national elections.

“We have decided to hold grassroots elections in order to reach out to our people at all levels,” FDC deputy spokesperson Toterebuka Bamwenda said recently.

Bamwenda said the exercise would begin from June 27 to 29 in the north.

The exercise will involve electing youth and women leagues and the mainstream structures right from the parish and to the district level in all regions.

Bamwenda stressed that they had also embarked on leadership training countrywide to equip their members with better leadership and mobilisation skills.

Meanwhile, DP announced on Tuesday that it will hold its primaries between July 18 and August 11.

The party’s organising secretary, Charles Musoke Serunjogi, said all members who qualify under the party’s constitution should submit their papers to their constituency or sub-county branch executives as soon as possible.

The exercise, he said, will involve electing contestants at the parliamentary, urban and local council levels.

“All regional vice-presidents, representatives, district and constituency leaders and their organising secretaries are requested to organise for the primaries as scheduled,” he said.

The parliamentary primary elections will be held from July 18 to 25, while the urban and district elections will be held from July 26 to August 3. Those for the lower councils are set for August 4 to 11.

Sserunjogi noted that any person vying for the parliamentary candidature must have been an active member for at least five years.

“Those who qualify should apply in writing to the secretary general by July 10,” he said.

Sserunjogi said a person can be elected for urban or district councils if he has been an active member for at least two years or after being exempted.

Such candidates will be approved by the district executive committees.

He said the party will also elect leaders in the newly-established districts and those that do not have DP leadership at all levels from June 28 to July 10.

FDC, DP to hold grassroots elections

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