FDC's Ariko Takes Soroti Municipality Seat

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Herbert Edmund Ariko wins Soroti Municipality seat, replacing NRM party vice charperson Capt Mike Mukula who is retiring.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer Herbert Edmund Ariko has been declared winner of  Soroti  Municipality parliamentary  seat.

Ariko polled 9,619 votes representing 54.80% of the total votes cast. His closest opponent, Moses Attan Okia, polled 5,716 votes which is 32.56% of the total votes.

Ariko will now replace Captain Mike Mukula, the National Resistance Movement party vice chairperon who is retiring from elective politics.

Soroti district returning officer  John Paul Osinde declared Ariko  winner at 7:40am at Soroti Lions Club in Soroti town. 

Peter Ojur, the ruling NRM candidate came third  with 1560 votes or 8.89% of the total votes cast.

Attan Okia stood as an independent after losing in the FDC party primaries. Other independent candidates in the race included Charles Peter Ebiau who got 127 votes, Jimmy Ekemu with 427 votes, James Herbert Yoweri with 99 votes and Julian Fede Iseet  with six votes. 

After being declared winner, Ariko thanked the voters for trusting him to represent them in the 10th parliament.  He pledged to work with all his opponents for the development of Soroti Municipality.

Osinde said the results were from 50 polling stations.He said the results from one polling station, Pamba East Primary School A in Western Division, were nullified because the presiding officer brought the results in an unsealed black box. Osinde announced that the total votes cast were 18,140 representing 65.58% while the invalid votes were 586 of 3.23 % of the votes. There are 27,661 voters in Soroti Municipality.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.