FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) members will soon know whether the party will have a national convention before the general elections, FDD Deputy National Secretary Kaluba Simuyemba announced yesterday.
He said the FDD’s national Policy Committee (NPC) will soon convene an extra-ordinary meeting to decide whether or not to hold a convention ahead of the 2016 polls.
According to article 13 of FDD’s constitution; a regular National Convention of the party shall be held after every two and half years.
He said the deliberations of the NPC would be very clear and a communiqué would be distributed to all the media houses.
Mr Simuyemba said one item on the agenda would be the holding of the National Convention.
He said the NPC meeting would also discuss how the August elections would be managed. “We are also going to discuss how we are receiving new members and how we are going to get them and make them feel at home,” Mr Simuyemba said.
Meanwhile, Mr Simuyemba has described the newly hiked nominations fees as political roadblocks engineered by the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
He said the people would give the party money to field all the necessary candidates at all levels despite the hiked fees.
Earlier, Mr Simuyemba welcomed 50 defectors from the former ruling party MMD and 47 UPND members who yesterday joined FDD.
Mr Simuyemba said the defection of 97 members to FDD was sign that the party was growing and ready for the August polls.