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18 to contest for Kole, Oyam, Dokolo, Lira, Otuke and Alebtong chairs

By Vision Reporter

Added 9th November 2010 03:00 AM

A total of 18 candidates have been nominated to contest for the chairmanship of Kole, Oyam, Dokolo, Lira, Otuke and Alebtong districts.

By Patrick Okino

A total of 18 candidates have been nominated to contest for the chairmanship of Kole, Oyam, Dokolo, Lira, Otuke and Alebtong districts.

Among them is Lameck Ogwal, the husband of Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal. Ogwal entered the race for Kole district LC5 chairmanship as an independent.

The incumbent, John Baptist Okello Okello (FDC), Joseph Enyono Enyabo (NRM), who is also the district vice-chairperson, and Peter Ogwang Okwir (UPC) have also been cleared.

The current Lira district LC5 chairman, Franco Ojur, relocated his political base to the newly-created Alebtong district.

Ojur, who joined the National Resistance Movement (NRM) early this year, was nominated to contest for the district LC5 chairmanship against the incumbent, David Kennedy Odongo of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).

The candidates nominated for Lira district LC5 chairmanship are Patrick Ayena Okello (FDC), William Onyanga (NRM) and Alex Oremo Alot (UPC).

In Otuke district, Benson Ogwang Ogoo of the NRM will tussle it out with Donald Olet Ogena of UPC, while Charles Okello Engola of the NRM will battle it out with Nelson Adea of UPC for the Oyam district LC5 chairmanship.

The assistant returning officer for Kole, Ogwal Ekuka, said Peter Ocen of UPC and Ben Olwa of FDC had also been nominated.

He said four candidates picked nomination forms but NRM’s candidate Akoli Betty Nam had not turned up.

There were reports that Nam, who is the interim chairperson, was in a crisis over her academic qualifications.

Meanwhile, Owiny, incumbent mayor of Lira municipality, is also set to face Michael Ogwal Achonga (UPC) and Moris Odung Omara (NRM).

Owiny is running as an independent after he was defeated by Ogwal in the UPC primaries.

18 to contest for Kole, Oyam, Dokolo, Lira, Otuke and Alebtong chairs

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