FDC Leaders Meet over Impending Presidential Election Petition

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FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told a news conference today that it has been impossible for their candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye to file a petition because he has remained under continuous police detention both at home and in different police stations since the declaration of results.

Leaders in the Forum for Democratic Change party are meeting today to decide the next course of action as the deadline for challenging the outcome of the February 18 presidential election looms.

The meeting convened by the FDC president Major General Mugisha Muntu at the party headquarters in Kampala seeks to decide on whether the party's option of court still holds water, a day to the deadline.

Article 104 of the Constitution gives aggrieved candidates up to 10 days, after the declaration of the election results, to prepare and lodge a presidential election petition. The days elapse tomorrow, Tuesday.

However, FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told a news conference today that it has been impossible for their candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye to file a petition because he has remained under continuous police detention both at home and in different police stations since the declaration of results.

"We have been forced not to have the right to petition by the state. We are disarmed and have decided to convene this meeting to forge a way forward," Ssemujju said.

Alice Alaso, deputy president Eastern FDC says the state has also barred party officials from accessing Besigye, while police keeps arresting members who are in possession of declaration forms.

Present at the meeting is FDC chairman Wasswa Biriggwa, Vice President Northern, Reagan Okumu, FDC Electoral Commission Chairman Dan Mugarura, Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu, FDC Treasurer Geoffrey Ekkanya, among others. 

FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye was also expected to attend the meeting. However, he was arrested again by men in Police uniform as he left his home in Kasangati for the meeting.

There is still heavy presence of police at the party headquarters with regular and field force police officers deployed around the area.