September 20, 2017 By Victoria Saffa
As political parties are in the process of conducting their primaries and national delegates’ conferences, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) party remains undecided as to whether they would conduct elections for national officers and presidential candidate.
The party is yet to set a date for their convention despite growing pressure from their supporters across the country.
In an exclusive interview with Concord Times, the party’s National Secretary General, Arnold Bendu, stated that plans were underway to hold their convention even though a date is yet to be agreed by the executive.
He revealed that very recently the outgoing executive issued a public notice requesting all those intending to contest for various executive positions to submit their applications together with the prescribed candidature fee.
“We will soon come out with a date for both our primaries and national delegates’ elections,” he said.
Also, one of the standard bearer aspirants, Pastor Yunku Kanu, noted that the delay in conducting the UDM primaries remains a cause for concern, as according to him, it is the precursor to the national delegates’ conference which would elect their presidential candidate.
“We cannot be able to accredit delegates for our national delegates’ conference if we fail to hold our primaries. I am anxiously waiting for a date to hold both our primaries and national delegates’ election before the end of 2017,” he said.
In the 2012 elections, the UDM presidential candidate Mohamed Bangura withdrew from the contest days before the election and urged his supporters to vote for President Ernest Bai Koroma. Mr. Bangura, who has since left the party he helped formed after leaving another opposition party – People Movement for Democratic Change – is now Minister of Information and a member of the ruling party.