The Justice Forum, JEEMA, will not field a candidate to participate in the 2006 presidential elections.
The JEEMA president, Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja, told journalists yesterday that his party's decision not to nominate a presidential candidate was made in order to give a chance to members of the G6 to agree on a consensus candidate.
The G6 is a loose coalition of the main opposition political parties in Uganda. It includes the Uganda People's Congress, the Democratic Party, the Conservative Party, the Forum for Democratic Change, the Free Movement and JEEMA. Over the past year the G6 has been engaged in discussions on forming a coalition for next year's elections, with little success.
However Kibirige Mayanja is optimistic that there is still room for the opposition to agree on a consensus candidate. He said it is unfortunate that his colleagues in the opposition have proceeded with nominating individual party candidates, and called on them to put the interests of Uganda ahead of the interests of individuals and political parties.
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The JEEMA president confirmed that although the party will not field a presidential candidate, it would participate in the parliamentary and local government elections as an individual party.