CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) will pick its presidential candidate between July 16 and 17, this year. The partys Vice-Chairman (Mainland), Mr Pius Msekwa, told journalists shortly after the Party Secretariat meeting with the National Party Chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete, at the CCM sub-head office in Dar es Salaam yesterday. The closed-door meeting that lasted for three hours discussed various issues including preparations for the October general elections, he said. Mr Msekwa said the meeting that was also attended by the Secretary General, Mr Yusuf Makamba, Deputy Secretary General (Mainland) Mr George Mkuchika, and all heads of the partys departments discussed modalities and timetable for CCM preliminaries. The president visited Lumumba offices to attend to routine party duties, preparations for the general elections in particular, Mr Msekwa noted. Unlike in the past when the partys caucus meetings and other important party issues were discussed at the State House, Mr Msekwa said the chairman has preferred to convene at his office at Lumumba. Yesterdays meeting, according to Mr Msekwa, charted out how the partys primaries to choose candidates for the October general election would be carried out. This year, he said, every party member would be liable to participate in the exercise. We will draw up a tentative timetable to be approved by the Central Committee showing when the candidates would hold party preliminary campaigns and the opinion polls, he added. Mr Msekwa said the partys primaries would be carried out in a single day whose date would be announced later. Thereafter, he said, the names of aspirants would be vetted at the district and referred to the regional level before submission to the National level for final approval. We shall ensure that CCM members are prepared to take up the challenges of the new law, Mr Msekwa said.