Photograph of Kitgum Parliamentary Candidate Altered

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Joan Aduru, the District Returning Officer says the anomaly was brought about by printing errors which the Commission explained to the candidate.

The photograph of a candidate for Kitgum Woman Member of Parliament has been altered on the ballot papers.
 
Lamwaka Margaret Odwar, the candidate for National Resistance Movement Party is the fourth on the ballot. Her photo has been replaced with one which is unknown to voters in the district.
 
Daniel Komakech, a voter at Kitgum Public Primary school said he was surprised to find that a different photo had been affiliated to the NRM candidate.
 
Despite the anomaly, Lamwaka's agents are telling voters to disregard the photo and tick her name.
 
Attempts by URN to speak to Lamwaka failed as her known phone contacts were off by the time of filing this report.
 
Joan Aduru, the District Returning Officer says the anomaly was brought about by printing errors which the Commission explained to the candidate.
 
According to Aduru, the polls can only be suspended if she had a wrong symbol attached and misspelt names.
 
Others in the race include Jane Achiro (independent), Abwono Filter Obote (FDC) and Achan Lucy (Independent).

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.