Peaceful Omoro Campaigns Excite EC, Police

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Before it was curved out of Gulu district, Omoro County was the hotspot of election violence characterised by allegations of widespread bribery, ballot stuffing, intimidation, clashes or rival supporters amongst others.

Electoral Commission officials in Omoro are excited that campaigns in the newly created district have been largely peaceful.
  

The district which started operations in July this year is set to go to the polls on August 29th to elect district leaders and woman member of parliament.
 
Denis Ebong, the Omoro district returning officer says candidates have adhered to electoral laws and no major cases of violence have been reported in the district.
 
Ebong says minor incidents reported include overshooting campaign time. The woman Member of Parliament race attracted ten candidates while that of the district chairperson has five candidates.
 
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa river region police spokesperson is equally excited that the campaigns have not given police hard time. He says Police have not recorded any criminal acts during the campaigns.
 
Those contesting for LC 5 seat include NRM's Stephen Odong Latek, former Gulu district speaker Douglas Peter Okello, FDC's Simon Toolit Akecha, Robert Mugabe of People's Progressive Party (PPP) and Geoffrey Oryem, an independent candidate.
 
Party front runners for Woman Member of Parliament include NRM's Catherine Lamwaka, FDC's Prossy Alanyo Owiny, former Pader Woman Member of Parliament Santa Okot standing for PPP and UPC's Maria Shaka Lapolo.
 
On independent candidates are Christine Atimango Odongo, Grace Pamela Lanyero, Alice Aneno Oroma, Alice Akello Latigo, Rose Nyapolo and Betty Lalam.  
 
Before it was curved out of Gulu district, Omoro County was the hotspot of election violence and offences such as widespread allegations of bribery, voter stuffing, intimidation, clashes between rival supporters amongst others. It is in this same area that the election of deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah as MP was disputed after he was reportedly declared winner prematurely. The matter was later settled in court.
 
Last week, former FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye joined the campaign trail a day after President Museveni campaigned in the new district.