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Moses Atan Okia, the Soroti City East MP elect, says Patrick Amuriat Oboi’s candidature in the presidential election boosted their support in Teso. Amuriat hails from Teso sub region.
MP Elect Joan Achom Alobo and Moses Atan Okia taking a selfie after winning elections last week

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The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC is the main beneficiary of the newly created administrative units in Soroti District in the just concluded parliamentary elections. FDC swept the polls in four of the newly created constituencies leaving a single seat for an independent candidate. 

FDC’s Joan Achom Alobo emrged winner of the Soroti City Woman MP race, Moses Atan Okia took the Soroti City East MP seat while Tom Julius Ekudo won the Gweri County parliamentary polls. FDC leaning independent candidate, Jonathan Ebwalu took the Soroti City West parliamentary seat. Julius Emigu also won the polls in the newly created Ochero County in Kaberamaido District.  



Stella Isodo and Anna Adeke Ebaju also won the Ngora and Soroti Woman district seats respectively. This brings to six the number of FDC candidates elected in Teso sub region in the just concluded polls. This is an improvement from three in the 2016 General Elections. 

Moses Atan Okia, the Soroti City East MP elect, says Patrick Amuriat Oboi’s candidature in the presidential election boosted their support in Teso. Amuriat hails from Teso sub region.

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Teddy Acham, the NRM Mobiliser in Teso, says FDC is gaining strength due to the division among some party leaders in the sub region. Acham cites the NRM Vice Chairperson for Eastern Region, Captain Mike Mukula as one of the party leaders who was allegedly campaigning for some independent parliamentary candidates giving chance to the opposition to win.


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In the 2011 elections, FDC MPs were reduced to eight out of 21 parliamentary seats. The number further reduced to only three in the 2016 elections.  

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