The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party leaders in Rukiga district are advocating for an early election of flag bearers to ensure effective preparation for the 2026 general elections in Uganda.
According to a road map issued by the Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi in August this year, the nomination of the presidential candidates for the 2026 general elections will take place between October 2-5, 2025.
The general elections for the presidency, parliamentary seats, and local governments will take place from January 12 to February 9, 2026. During the annual delegates conference held in Rukiga town council over the weekend, FDC leaders voiced their concerns about the recurring pattern of delays within the party regarding the selection of flag bearers.
They emphasized the need to address this issue promptly in order to compete effectively with other political parties, such as the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), which has already begun presenting its candidates for the upcoming general elections.
Notable FDC figures, including Sula Kajwarire, an FDC supporter from Mukatokyi village in Nyakasheyeba parish, Kashambya sub-county, Juliys Nkamwesiga, the party chairperson for Muhanga town council, Furida Basooma, the party vice chairperson for Mparo town council, and Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the FDC party District Chairman council, expressed their viewpoints.
They asserted that the delayed election of candidates had hindered the FDC party’s success in winning various seats in previous elections.
By Samuel Amanya