THE MMD national executive committee meeting held on February 13 has resolved to hold, the party’s ordinary national convention on March 20.
According to statement by MMD national secretary Elizabeth Chitika-Molobeka, the former ruling party, being the mother of democracy, has always held its conventions as enshrined in its party constitution.
She said what the party would be doing on March 20 is also in line with article 60 of the Republican Constitution which requires each political party to hold regular conventions.
“Following the resolution of the MMD National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on the 12th February, 2021 and pursuant to article 57(1)(a) of the MMD Constitution, I would like to inform the nation that the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (the MMD) will hold its ordinary National Convention on 20th March 2021,” Chitika said.
She said at the convention, all 68 elective positions in the National Executive Committee which includes the position of President would be open for contest.
“I invite fully paid up members who are in good standing with the party to submit their nominations for various positions to my office. Candidates are required to pay the following fees; presidential candidates – K5,000, vice-presidents-K2,500, Executive Committee member-K1,000,” she said.
Further, Chitika said nomination period starts on March 1 and closes on March 10 at 17:00 hours.
The MMD’s convention, which was supposed to have been held in 2017 was delayed by protracted legal battles over the control of the former ruling party and the advent of the Coronavirus in 2020 when gatherings were banned.
The court eventually declared Nevers Mumba the legitimate president of MMD on November 5, 2019.