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Omoro Residents Walk 30 Kilometers to Vote in New Polling Station

They braved the hot sun and reached the Dog-Tochi market polling station at half-past midday tired and exhausted but hopeful to cast their votes.
More than 100 voters in Omoro District on Wednesday walked for more than 30 kilometres to cast their votes in a new polling station. The voters are residents of Abwoc Village in Ongako Sub-County.

They registered to vote at Dog-Tochi swamp polling station in Ongako Sub-County but their names appeared at Dog-Tochi market polling station in Koro Sub-County which is over 30 kilometres from their village.

They braved the hot sun and reached the Dog-Tochi market polling station at half-past midday tired and exhausted but hopeful to cast their votes.

Rose Abalo Nyeko aged 58 says that she had to endure the long distance, poor roads and hunger to reach the new polling station to vote a leader of her choice. 

Abalo revealed that other voters from Dog-Tochi swamp polling station whose names appeared in Dog-Tochi market polling station declined to go and cast their votes citing the long distance.

Esther Adong, another voter who is also the Councilor of Abwoc Parish in Ongako Sub-County revealed that the displacement of the voters' will greatly affect the outcome of the Local Government Councils elections in Omoro since only a few people were able to vote due to long distance.

Geoffrey Odokonyero, the village chairman of Barogal Village in Koro Sub-County where Dog-Tochi market polling station is located faulted the Electoral Commission for the displacement of the voters' names saying they earlier on suggested that the new polling station names Gang pa Maya rather than Dog-Tochi market.

He also appealed to the Electoral Commission to take back the names of the voters to Dog-Tochi swamp polling station to avoid circumstances where the voters will begin shunning elections due to long distance.

Denise Obong, the Omoro District Registrar of the Electoral Commission said the affected voters needed to correct their polling station during the voters register update, something he said they didn't do.

Omoro has a total of 72,216 registered voters and 158 polling stations.



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