Oulanyah’s Former Rival Floored in Omoro Election

The former strong rival of Deputy Speaker of Parliament, approved Jacob Oulanyah in the February parliamentary elections, Simon Toolit Akecha was again on Monday floored in the ongoing elections in newly created Omoro district.

Toolit was vying for the District Chairperson seat on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket. He lost by only 65 votes to former Gulu District Vice Chairman, Okello Douglas Peter Okao who polled 5,526 against the former’s 5,461 votes.

Okello who is also the Gulu district National Resistance Movement chairperson stood on an independent ticket and interestingly did not participate in the ruling party’s primary elections over internal wrangles.

The NRM official candidate Odong Stephen Latek came third with 4,758 votes followed by another independent candidate Oryem Godfrey who polled 3,970 while People’s Progressive Party candidate Mugabe Robert came last with 196 votes.

Toolit stiffly challenged Oulanyah in February’s parliamentary elections and the latter was reportedly contentiously declared winner without results.

The declaration forms obtained two days later by this website put Oulanyah at 8,286 votes while Toolit came second with 6000 votes.

He (Toolit) would later take the Deputy Speaker and the Electoral Commission to court however the ruling by the Gulu Magistrate’s court months later dismissed the petition with costs.

Toolit tried his luck again in the LCV race but slightly lost it yesterday.



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