Amuru District Woman MP By-elections: Jane Frances Okilli Declared NRM Candidate

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Okilli who swept the votes in all the five sub counties in the district, will now face off with Lucy Akello, the joint opposition candidate, Pauline Achan, an Independent and three other NRM members who were ejected from the primaries but insist on contesting as independents.

 
Jane Frances Okilli is the NRM candidate for the Amuru district woman MP by elections. Okilli was declared official NRM candidate by Lucy Angeyo, the Amuru district NRM administrative secretary after her landslide victory in the primary election on Wednesday. She polled 7,695 votes to defeat her rival Gloria Abalo, who polled 2,390.
 
Okilli who swept the votes in all the five sub counties in the district, will now face off with Lucy Akello, the joint opposition candidate, Pauline Achan, an Independent and three other NRM members who were ejected from the primaries but insist on contesting as independents.

They are Jane Naku, a youth councilor, Caroline Aber and Josephine Atim, the Atiak sub county chairperson. The trio was ejected from the primaries on technical grounds.  Okilli describes the polls as free and fair adding that, despite the fact that, she couldn't reach several parts in the district the turn up was good.

According to Okilli, she is not afraid of the party members who have opted to run against her as independents saying such people rarely win polls. She expected her main rival Gloria Abalo to join her later today in a meeting to harmonize the party support.
 

President Yoweri Museveni, the NRM party chairperson is expected to attend the Amuru district NRM conference to decide on how to position their candidate for the polls. But Geoffrey Ocen, an NRM Mobilizer in Amuru district says Okilli has high chances of winning the by-election since she has been on the ground and was already talking to voters even before the seat fell vacant.
 
Key opposition figures including FDC president General Mugisha Muntu, his predecessor Kizza Besigye, DP president Norbert Mao and UPC's Olara Otunnu are expected to camp in Amuru district during the campaign to mobilize support for Lucy Akello, the joint opposition candidate.

The Amuru district woman MP seat fell vacant after Betty Bigombe resigned to take up a job with the World Bank. Electoral Commission has set November 3rd and 4th as nomination dates and 20th for elections.

 
 

 

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