“We have sequenced these exercises to take us through the month of July and August. FDC internal program is not affected by any other program. In some constituencies you have about 300 people who make up the electoral college, those will have to physically assemble. There is no any other way. We shall not have elections on phone or circulate papers like the NRM is saying,” says Ssemujju.
In the revised Electoral Commission roadmap, parties are prohibited to carry out open-air campaign as means to control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
Ssemujju said that the party equally rejects the guidelines that were recently presented before parliament by the Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, that allows the national executive committees of political parties to make decisions including selecting candidates to vie for political offices.
"Because the NRM failed to hold their own internal elections under the guidelines, they now went into cabinet and agreed that let us develop guidelines under the Political Parties and Organizations Act that will enable us issue an NRM roadmap that doesn’t contradict the NRM constitution. That is why they have provided about seven avenues through which a political party can choose leaders and flagbearers. And am told, now they want to go back to electoral colleges to reduce the number. So we’re just facilitating NRM to go through internal elections and go and steal. I don’t see how FDC will benefit from its leaders not meeting," said Ssemujju.
But NRM's senior media manager Rogers Mulindwa said the opposition will reject everything for as long as it has been suggested by the government. Currently, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee is scrutinizing the guidelines including consulting stakeholders.