The Electoral Commission (EC) has officially has set a date for conducting elections for Omoro County Member of Parliament following the death of its representative and speaker of the 11th parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.
Jacob Oulanyah who was representing Omoro county died on March 20, 2022, in Seattle in the United States where he had been admitted for specialized treatment for cancer.
On Thursday, the Electoral Commission secretary, Leonard Mulekwah wrote to various political parties asking them to prepare for the forthcoming by-election in Omoro.
According to Mulekwah, the election will take place on May 26th, 2022 at the designated polling stations in the Omoro District.
“Following the death of the directly elected Member of Parliament for Omoro County Constituency, Omoro district, Rt Hon Jacob L’Okori Oulanyah and the subsequent notification of the existence of the above vacancy by the Clerk to Parliament, as required by law, the Electoral Commission has approved a program to fill the vacancy,” Mulekwah said in a statement.
“This is therefore to request you to take note of this information and to accordingly inform your political party members. You are further requested to submit a list of five members of your party with their two passport size photographs for accreditation to each sub-county in the Omoro district and five names for accreditation for the tally center as observers in the electoral process,” he added.
According to the program, campaigns will run from May 16 to 24, 2022 before elections are held on May 26.
The ruling NRM party is expected to front deceased Oulanyah’s son, Andrew Ojok to replace his father in Omoro.
Earlier this week, the new Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, tasked legislators from northern Uganda to make Andrew Ojok, the new Omoro County MP in honor of his father who had represented Omoro for 15 years.
According to the medical report from Seattle, Oulanyah died of multiple organ failure and will be laid to rest today Friday 8th April 2022 which has been declared a public holiday by President Museveni.