OYAM, UGANDA: The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) candidate Dr Apio Eunice Otuko has been declared winner of the Oyam North County By-election.
According to the Thursday results announced by the District Returning Officer, Mr Richard Onoba, Dr Apio Otuko won the election with a total of 15,718 votes (49.12 %) while Samuel Okello Engola Junior of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) who got 15,161 votes (47.38).
Other opposition candidates in the race, Fred Okello of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and Daniel Okello of National Unity Platform (NUP) garnered 714 and 403 votes respectively.
A total of 32,751 votes were cast from 167 polling stations representing just 36.10% of the total registered voters (93,733) that make up Oyam County North Constituency, while 37 votes were spoiled votes and 755 invalid.
Dr Apio now joins Hon Betty Amongi, the the current Oyam District Woman Member of Parliament and Gender Minister to represent the district in Parliament while a member of the UPC Political Party.
The Oyam North County seat fell vacant following the death of the former MP and State Minister for Labour, Col (rtd) Charles Mac-Odwogo Engola who was shot dead by his private bodyguard Pte Wilson Sabiiti on May 2, 2023.