Henry Okot of the National Resistance Movement –NRM was on Tuesday declared the
winner of the Northern Region Youth Member of Parliament race.
28, garnered a total of 1,280 votes beating Boniface Young of the National
Unity Platform –NUP who got 104 votes.
candidates who followed are Daniel Obal, an independent candidate who got
75 votes, Kelvin Ocaya of the Alliance for National Transformation –ANT and
Patrick Odero of the Forum for Democratic Change party –FDC who scored 10 and
03 votes respectively.
of the 1,731 youth delegates from the 41 districts of West Nile, Karamoja,
Acholi and Lango Sub –Regions, 1,485 delegates cast their votes while 246 were
turned away after they arrived late beyond 4pm limit to the polling station at Pece Stadium
in Gulu City.
Election results were declared at 1:25am by Sarah Bukirwa Hajat, the Northern
Region Returning Officer. Upon declaring the results, Bukirwa revealed that the
elections exercise was so peaceful and that the invalid votes was very few because of massive voter education that was done by the Electoral
Cue in “our successful person…
out …number of 1,731.” //
Boniface Henry Okot who emerged the winner in the race told URN in an interview
that his victory is as a result of hard work and persistence he and his campaign
team had put in during the campaigns. He said he was able to traverse all the Sub –Counties
and Divisions in the 41 districts in the region, something that made him more
popular than his other opponents.
Cue in: “I want to…
out …work starts today.” //
to Okot, his main agenda for the five year –term is to economically empower the
youth of Northern Uganda so that they are able to eradicate poverty.
Ocaya of the Alliance for National Transformation –ANT who scored 10 votes
however alleged that there was some ‘bribing voters’ something he said needs auditing
by the responsible authorities.
Henry Okot hails from Kole District. He completed his under graduate degree in
Engineering from Makerere University in 2014 (apparently at the age of 22 years).
was the Youth Council Chairman of Akalo Sub –County in Kole District before
joining the MP race. He will take over from NRM’s Oscar Omony in the 11th
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.