National Unity Platform(NUP) has unveiled Tolit Simon Akecha as the party’s flag bearer for the Omoro County Parliamentary by-election.
Tolit, a former representative for Omoro in the August House, is poised to square off with a number of others who have expressed interest in the race.
Tolit was unveiled on Tuesday by the party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu at the party headquarters in Kamwokya. In 2006, Tolit defeated Oulanyah in Omoro but the late speaker bounced back in 2011.
According to Kyagulanyi, the former FDC man was endorsed after a rigorous vetting exercise that was carried out by the NUP election managing committee.
The Omoro County Constituency Parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of the former Member of Parliament and former Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah. Oulanyah was the Omoro County MP from 2001 to 2005 and then from 2011 until his death.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) has since endorsed Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, the son of the late as flag bearer for the Omoro MP seat ahead of the by-elections.
This by-election, however, presents a chance to indicate whether there has or has not been an opposition renaissance after NRM’s massive win in the sub-region in the 2021 polls.
Results released by the Electoral Commission(EC) indicate that the sub-region overwhelmingly voted for President Museveni and his NRM party during the 2021 general election.
The electoral commission has set May 26 as the date for the by-election.
According to EC, the display of the National Voters’ Register will be conducted from 25th April to 4th May 2022, at all the eighty-four (84) polling stations in Omoro County.
The nomination of candidates would be conducted for a period of two days, that is, Thursday 12th and Friday May 13 2022 at Omoro District Council Hall.
Campaign meetings for candidates for Member of Parliament and District Woman Councillor will be held from 16th to May 2022.
Omoro is one of the new districts in Uganda and it was carved out of Gulu District in 2016. The district has one County – Omoro. It has three town councils of Opit, Palenga and Acet, of which only Opit is operational.
There are six old operational sub-counties including Koro, Odek, Lalogi, Ongako, Lakwana, and Bobi and six newly-created sub-counties of Lakwaya, Labora, Orapwoyo, Abuga, Aremo, Akidi.
According to the 2014 census, Omoro had a population of 190,534 people but, leaders now estimate the population is about 220,000 people.