The race for the Gulu District LC 5 seat has started heating up ahead of the 2011 elections.
Four aspirants have started traversing the district to lobby support from the voters for their election.
They are, Walter Ochora, Gulu Resident District Commissioner, Martin Ojara Mapunduzi, Gulu District Council speaker, Makmot Kitara, the LC V vice chairperson and UPC's Bill Ejul Alimadi.
Ochora officially resigned his office yesterday to start lobbying for support to be elected as NRM flag bearer for the LC V seat.
He would be seeking to return to an office he held for 8 years from 1998 to 2006 when his attempt to retain the office was frustrated by Norbert Mao, the incumbent Gulu LC V chairman.
Ochora says that he will tag his campaign on resettling former IDP, and improved service to the electorate.
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Martin Ojara Mapenduzi says that the issue of resettling IDPs is going to be at the center of their campaigns.
He explains that in the past, most candidates in the elections took advantage of the confinement of IDPs in the camps to bribe voters.
He however hopes that voters will desist from demanding petty cash and elect competent leaders to serve them.
Several voters interviewed by URN say they only elect leaders who can explain how they provide them with basic services following years of war.
Kerobino Odong, a resident of Tetugo village says that for a very long time they had given up on issues of good governance, because of insecurity.
Right now, he says they demand better roads to market their produce and good schools for their children.
Rosalba Adero, a resident of Co Pe village says that they are interested in knowing what programs each candidates have to redevelop their life.
Adero says they need to be supported with income generating activities.
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