By Spy Uganda
The Electoral Commission (EC) has officially declared the position of Omoro County Member of Parliament vacant and approved the program for conducting fresh elections.
The position fell vacant following the death of Jacob Oulanyah on March 20, 2022, who represented Omoro county for 15 years.
According to the secretary of EC, Leonard Mulekwah, the election will take place on May 26th, 2022 at the designated polling stations in the Omoro District.
“Following the death of directly elected Member of Parliament for Omoro county, Jacob Oulanyah, and the resignation of District Woman Councilor for Lalogi/Lakwaya and notification about the above position by the clerk of parliament and the Chief Administrative Officer Omoro district, the commission has approved a program to fill the above vacancies,” reads the letter in part.
The family of the fallen speaker of parliament however, disclosed that they intend to field one of his relatives for the Omoro County seat.
Earlier this week, the new Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, tasked legislators from northern Uganda to make Andrew Ojok, the son of the fallen Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, the new Omoro County MP.
Oulanyah died on March 20th at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle in the United States.
The late Speaker was elected to that position on May 24, 2021, after defeating the former Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.
He had also served as Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, from May 2011 until May 2022.