UPND says will only hold convention in 2011

The United Party for National Development (UPND) says it has no immediate plans of holding a party convention.

UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the party will hold its convention in 2011 or thereafter.

Mr. Kakoma said the party constitutions allows for a party convention after every five years.

He said the party last held its convention in 2006 when Hakainde Hichilema was elected party President.

Mr. Kakoma said the party would however hold a convention even before the stated time but that this would only happen when requested for the party general membership.

“The party has its convention every five years, and we had our last convention in 2006 so this means that we have to wait until 2011 or 2012 to hold the next convention. But if the general membership demands for it before then, we will have no choice but to convene. For now it’s not in our plans” he said.

Mr. Kakoma said the party has however continued holding elections at lower party organs where the terms have expired.

He said elections at the lower organs are held every three years.

Mr. Kakoma said the UPND has so far conducted elections in Eastern, Copperbelt and Lusaka provinces where it has received overwhelming response.

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