By Nation Reporter
THE Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has announced that it will in December this year hold its national convention to elect its new leadership in preparation for the 2021 general elections.
FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza announced yesterday that following the resolution of the national policy committee in March this year, the opposition party would have its national convention from December 9th to 12th this year.
Mr Mwanza said all the positions including that of president in the FDD would be contested and that all members of the party eligible to attend the convention at which a new leadership would be chosen were welcome.
He said all the delegates would be free to participate and contest any position of their choice.
Mr Mwanza said the FDD as a party that strongly believed in the sanctity of democracy would want to reinvigorate itself by embarking on a national mobilisation programme after its convention.
He explained that the national convention being the supreme organ of the party is composed of all members of the national policy committee, Members of Parliament who were members of the party, members of the sub-committees of the national policy committee and all research members as well as delegates from each of the provincial policy committees.
Mr Mwanza said the list of the official delegates shall include the chairperson of the party, the secretary, treasurer and chairperson for gender and women affairs, chairperson of child and youth development and the chairperson of information and publicity.
’‘If it becomes necessary to substitute any of the above only the relevant policy committee shall make such a change, stipulating reasons why such a change is expedient. Four representatives from each of the provincial wings of the women and youth organizations shall form part of the national convention.
‘‘There shall be a number of delegates not exceeding four from each affiliated organization, as the national policy committee shall from time to time decide upon,” Mr Mwanza said.
Mr Mwanza stated that no superior body shall impose names of delegates on any subordinate committee and that the imposition of any subordinate committee would be considered gross misconduct.