The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has finally announced that the provincial conventions to elect the party’s new leader will commence on Friday May 25th,2012.
The convention will see the election of a new party president to replace former president Rupiah Banda who relinquished the position last month.
MMD National Secretary Richard Kachingwe announced at a briefing this afternoon that the conventions will also see the amendment of the MMD constitution leading to the introduction of two positions of party vice president, one in charge of political affairs with the other one in charge of administration.
Major Kachingwe said this is in compliance with the provisions of Article 15 of the MMD Constitution.
He said that instead of the delegates coming into Lusaka to vote for their preferred candidates, elections will take place in all the ten provinces from 10 hours to 15 hours while the party secretariat will be the totaling center.
And Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi has welcomed the move by the opposition MMD to resort to holding provincial conventions to elect a new party president.
The MMD has opted to hold provincial conventions to elect a new leader rather than a national convention which would have cost the party between 2-3 billion kwacha.
This decision was arrived at by the party after failing to raising the funds for a national convention. Mr. Chipenzi said that it is important for the former ruling party to elect a new leader as soon as possible in order to allow quick continuation from were former president Rupiah Banda left from.
He told QFM News that what is important for the party is to make all the changes within the provisions of its constitution to avoid causing confusion in the party.
Mr. Chipenzi has also advised the MMD to guard against the influence of the winning candidate in a particular province during the elections so as not to affect the results of other provinces.