THE Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) is on Monday set to unveil the running mate to presidential candidate Edith Nawakwi and all parliamentary aspiring candidates at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
FDD party spokesperson Antonio Mwanza confirmed yesterday that the party would also take the advantage of unveiling candidates to feature in all the constituencies and launch its official campaigns for the August 11. general elections.
Mr Mwanza said the launch of the party manifesto and unveiling of the candidates as well as Ms Nawakwi’s running mate, the opposition FDD would hit the ground and canvass for votes.
He said once the FDD formed government after this year’s elections, it would continue with its programmes of empowering the youth, women and enhance the decentralisation policy.
“FDD has a clear programme of empowering the people especially the youth, women and devolving powers through the decentralisation policy,” he said.
Mr Mwanza said the opposition FDD once it formed government it would deliver various developmental projects to various parts of the country.
He said FDD had fielded a seasoned and most experienced politician in the name of Ms Nawakwi who had previously served in the MMD regime as a cabinet minister.
Mr Mwanza appealed to people to vote for FDD because it had well-articulated programmes.
He pledged that FDD would do its campaigns ahead of the polls without any violence.
And FDD National Chairperson Portipher Chungu said the party was receiving support from various people who were resigning from other political parties.
Mr Chungu said he was optimistic that the FDD would scoop the general elections because it was one of the best political parties.
He explained that he was happy that even the people who had applied for adoption on the FDD ticket were people of high calibre.
“I am extremely happy that the party has done its groundwork and ready to form government after this year’s elections,”Mr Chungu, who is likely to contest the Chipata Central seat, said.
So far, the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) and Rainbow,have all launched their party manifestos for the general elections.