Chaos as Oulanya is Declared Winner Without Results

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Simon Toolit, who had just lost to Oulanya protested the move, saying before results are announced, the number of votes must be declared publicly. He said the failure by Electoral Commission to declare the results points to rigging.

There was chaos at Gulu District council hall on Friday when the District Registrar, Benson Obeta declared parliamentary winners without showing the results each of them got.
 
Obeta declared Jacob Oulanya, the winner of Omoro County, Reagan Okumu, Aswa County, Betty Aol Ochan, Gulu Woman MP, Peter Okot, Tochi constituency and Lyandro Komakech, Gulu Municipality.
 
However, Obeta didn't indicate the polls each of the winners garnered the runners up in the polls triggering uproar from the supporters of various candidates.



Simon Toolit, who had just lost to Oulanya protested the move, saying before results are announced, the number of votes must be declared publicly. He said the failure by Electoral Commission to declare the results points to



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Norbert Mao, the DP president, says it is legal for the candidates and voters to demand for the poll results, adding that EC should have declared the winner after announcing the poll results.

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In his defense, Obeta said, he was still working on the results and would present them to the public in due course. Obeta said he didn't have enough time to declare the results since he was under pressure from the candidates to declare the winners.
 
However, Toolit claims he defeated Oulanya. According to Toolit he polled 8,031 votes ahead of Oulanya's 7, 676 votes.
 

Chagga Oyat, the Gulu FDC General Secretary has warned Obeta, saying should they discover that he was involved in any form of rigging he should leave Gulu. By the time of filling this report, the Electoral commission was still tallying the results of presidential candidates.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

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A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.