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UPC’s Eunice Otuko emerges Victorious in Oyam North by-election

UPC’s Eunice Otuko has emerged victorious in the highly anticipated Oyam North by-election, according to the official declaration made by the Electoral Commission’s returning officer, Richard Onabo.

The by-election, held to fill the vacant seat left by the late Charles Okello Engola, former Oyam North MP, witnessed a fierce competition among four candidates. Otuko’s triumphant win solidified her position as the new representative of Oyam North.

With an impressive display of support, Eunice Otuko secured a resounding victory, outshining her opponents with a significant margin. The National Resistance Movement’s Samuel Okello Engola, son of the late MP, managed to secure 15,161 votes, placing him in second position.

Trailing behind Engola was Freddy Newton Okello, the Democratic Party candidate, who garnered 714 votes. Despite their efforts, both Engola and Okello failed to gain the endorsement of the majority of Oyam North constituents.

Eunice Otuko’s successful campaign, characterized by her unwavering commitment to serving the people and addressing their concerns, resonated with the electorate. Her victory is seen as a validation of the United People’s Congress (UPC) party’s popularity in the region.

The by-election took on added significance due to the tragic circumstances surrounding the vacant seat. The late Charles Okello Engola, a respected figure in the community, was tragically shot dead by his own bodyguard in May 2023. The election served as an opportunity for the people of Oyam North to choose a new representative who would continue Engola’s legacy of service and dedication.

Eunice Otuko’s win is expected to bring renewed hope and optimism to the constituents of Oyam North. As she assumes office, she will face the formidable task of continuing the development projects initiated by her predecessor and addressing the pressing issues facing the region.

The Oyam North by-election has once again demonstrated the democratic spirit and engagement of the people in shaping the political landscape of Uganda. Otuko’s victory serves as a testament to the power of the ballot and the voice of the electorate in determining their representatives.

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