PPP Not Fronting Presidential Candidate For 2016 Top story

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The Peoples Progressive Party constitution requires that a flag bearer for presidency has to be chosen one year before the elections. The party will now hold its delegates conference this month to choose leaders in all party positions.

The People's Progressive Party (PPP) will not be fronting a candidate for presidency in the forthcoming general elections. This was revealed by the party spokesperson, Saddam Gayira in an interview with Uganda Radio Network.
PPP is one of the founding parties of The Democratic Alliance (TDA) and many were waiting to see who they would front to the TDA as a joint candidate.
Gayira says this is because according to their party constitution, a presidential candidate from the party has to have been elected a year before the general elections which was not done.

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Some of the parries in the TDA have already chosen their flag bearers including Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change and Norbert Mao of the Democratic Party. So far, only former Vice President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has duly been nominated to contest for the joint candidate of TDA.
PPP will however hold their delegates' conference on 19th September to elect party leaders, including finding a replacement for the retired PPP president, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali. Bidandi Ssali retired early this year due to poor health.

According to Gayira, they expect to have at least 700 delegates across the country. The party was expected to have their delegates' conference mid last month but according to Gayira, this was not possible because of financial challenges.

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Jaberi Bidandi Ssali has been at the helm of the party since its founding in 2004.


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