By Joel Mugabi
The Electoral Commission (EC) has nominated a total of 12 candidates to contest in the Parliamentary and Local Government Council by-elections in Omoro District. The nomination exercise, which began on Thursday, May 12, and ended the following day at the District Council Hall, was presided over by Moses Kagona, the Omoro District Returning Officer.
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For the Omoro County Parliamentary by-election, six candidates were cleared to run. They are: Andrew Ojok Oulanyah of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) to which his father and Late Speaker Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah belonged and for which he was Vice Chairman for Northern Uganda; Justine Odong of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC); Simon Tolit Akecha of the National Unity Platform (NUP); Oscar Kiiza of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT); and independent candidates Jimmy Walter Onen and Terence Odonga.
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FDC’s Odong was nominated after the party’s earlier chosen flag bearer Dick Davis Owani failed to show up at the District Council Hall for two consecutive days. Owani was reportedly kidnapped a day before the nominations began.
The Omoro County parliamentary seat fell vacant after Oulanyah’s death in March 2022, a little over a year since he was reelected as MP. Oulanyah was also Speaker of the 11th Parliament and has since been replaced by Bukedea District Woman MP Anita Among, who was his deputy.
For the position of the Woman Councillor representing Lalogi/Lakwaya Electoral Area, the candidates nominated were: Florence Lalam of the NRM, Christine Teopista Aneka of the UPC, Mercy Ayo of the FDC, Margret Laboi of the NUP and independent candidate Franka Lawino. For the position of Male Councillor for Older Persons representing Acet Town Council, NRM’s Terence Oryema was declared elected unopposed.
According to the EC roadmap, campaign meetings and rallies will be begin on Monday, May 16 and end on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Voters will then head to the polls on Thursday, May 26. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).