On the first day of the campaign, NUP accused the National Resistance Movement Party of interfering with its candidate's campaign. The Candidate Simon Toolit Akecha held two rallies in Lakwaya Sub-county. But, he says, all the venues that were pre-booked for his rallies were occupied by locals dressed in NRM t-shirts and holding his rival's campaign posters.
Candidates vying for the
Parliamentary seat in Omoro County kicked off campaigns on
Monday ahead of the by-election slated for May 26.
Six candidates are in the race to
fill the Parliamentary seat that fell vacant after the death of
the former legislator and Speaker of Parliament Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah.
The candidates are Simon Toolit Akecha for the National Unity
Platform, Justine Odong Obiya from the Forum for Democratic Change and Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, a candidate for the National Resistance Movement-NRM party. Also in the race is Oscar Kizza from the Alliance
for National Transformation-ANT and independent candidates Jimmy Walter
Onen and Terrence Odonga.
However, on the first day of the campaign,
NUP accused the National Resistance Movement
Party of interfering with its candidate's campaign. The candidate Simon Toolit Akecha held two rallies in
Lakwaya Sub-county. But, he says, all the venues that were pre-booked for his campaign rallies were occupied by locals dressed in NRM t-shirts and
holding his rival's campaign posters.
He noted that the move was
against the harmonization of the campaign schedule as agreed on during a meeting held at the Electoral
commission offices over the weekend. During the meeting, all contenders were barred from interfering
with their rival’s campaign venues.
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Similarly, Dr Lina Zedriga, the NUP Deputy
President for Northern Uganda reiterated that their campaign venues are being
deliberately occupied by the rivals from NRM to disorganize their campaigns.
She also notes that the police
have been trailing their candidate and members on the campaign trail since
his nomination last week.
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But Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong refuted claims that the police are trailing the NUP
candidate and scaring their supporters arguing that they are instead assessing
the ground for security reasons. Mudong says they have visited all the
rallies in the area and said that the allegation should be
treated as baseless.
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District NRM Chairperson Denis Kidega equally rubbished the allegation that they are interfering with the
NUP campaign venues arguing that their candidate only showed up in two sub-counties
of Odek and Lalogi.
Nevertheless, Simon Toolit, the former FDC stalwart notes that he will report the
matter to the Electoral Commission before proceeding with his other campaigns. Akecha in his campaign, message
to the locals pledged to improve the state of roads, health and education centres in the district.
Meanwhile, the NRM candidate Ojok Oulanyah kicked off his campaigns in Palaro village, Odek Sub-county from where he pledged
to lobby for the improvement of the road and health sectors. He, however, noted that he will conduct
a door-to-door campaign approach to reach out to the locals in opposition strongholds
since the majority of them are currently busy carrying farm work.
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The FDC flag bearer Justine Odong
Obiya on the other hand who held a campaign rally in Akidi Sub-county on Monday afternoon
promised to represent the voice of the common people of Omoro instead of
representing the state. He also emphasized that his manifesto focuses on improving
the state of Omoro roads that were never worked on by the past
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The campaigns are expected to
last for eight days up to May 24.