Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Region Police Spokesperson has confirmed the incident, saying investigations have commenced to establish the identity of the offenders.
14 people from Gulu are in trouble for participating in the ongoing Omoro district polls. Eight of the suspects picked up from Rom and four others from Kal A polling stations in Pageya Parish in Koro Sub County.
Francis Wadok Awori, an eye witness says the accused were found with falsified transfer forms raising suspicion of likely vote rigging. They are ten candidates vying for the Omoro Woman parliamentary seat.
They include among others Catherine Lamwaka, the NRM flag bearer, Lanyero Grace Pamela, Democratic Party and FDC's Alanyo Prossy Owiny. Those vying for the LC V chairperson seat include Steven Odong Latek (NRM), Simon Toolit Akecha (FDC), Godfrey Oryem and Peter Okello and Douglas Okao, both independents.
Meanwhile unidentified plain clothed men reportedly beat up and dispersed the agents of opposition candidates in Ongako polling station while police look on helplessly. The stick wielding men reportedly beat up Chris Ojok, one of the voters in a red double cabin vehicle registration number UAP 883M.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa Region Police Spokesperson has confirmed the incident, saying investigations have commenced to establish the identity of the offenders. John Oruu, one of the residents says there is likelihood of widespread voter intimidation and chaos in Omoro district. Omoro district was curved out of Gulu.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.