Emmanuel Omoding Wins Serere County By-Election

Independent candidate Emmanuel Omoding has been declared the winner of the by-election held in Serere County on Thursday.

Omoding, the son of the former MP Patrick Okabe emerged as the winner of the hotly contested race with 15,638 votes, beating four other contenders. He was followed by the NRM’s Phillip Oucor with 13,206 votes and Alice Alaso of the Alliance for National Transformation who had 3,335 votes.

Engineer Martin Onguruco and Emmanuel Eratu of FDC came last with 2,523 and 1,252 votes respectively, according to results announced last night by Serere District Returning Officer Sylvia Cheptegei.

Results from four polling stations were cancelled because of violence. They include Olumoi PAG Church and Odokai in Atiira Sub County, Angole Primary School Polling Station in Kyere Sub County and Kangod Primary School Polling Station in Ocaapa Town Council, where cases of malpractices had earlier been reported.

Emmanuel Omoding, a 42-year-old social worker who has been based in Australia joined the race after the demise of his father who died in a motor accident in December last year. He was fronted by the family and Members of Parliament including Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, and the Government Chief Whip, Denis Hamson Obua.

But the NRM’s EC Chairperson Dr Tanga Odoi objected to the proposal and endorsed Phillip Oucor who had earlier contested for the same seat, a decision which sparked a sharp split in the party structures in Serere.

Unlike the previous by-elections where the NRM secretariat participated in full swing, the Serere by-election was dominated by the party’s National Mobilizer Rosemary Sseninde and the party’s Director of Communication Emmanuel Dombo Lumala.  

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