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Awach Sub County Councilors Petition Electoral Commission Over Election of LC III Chairperson

Bernard Thierry Kinyera, the speaker of Awach Sub County, says that his office has already written to the Gulu Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Geoffrey Okaka asking him to notify the Electoral Commission to conduct a by-election for the LC III chairperson within a month’s time.
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Awach sub-county councillors in Gulu district have petitioned the Electoral Commission to conduct by-elections for the LC III chairperson.

The position felt vacant on February 16th, 2021 following the mysterious death of the newly elected chairperson, Fred Oteka, 41 at Awach Health Centre IV where he was admitted with stomach complications. Oteka passed on before taking the oath of office.  

The Sub-county speaker, Bernard Thierry Kinyera is currently caretaking the office. The sub-county councillors say that the vacant position has not only created a leadership gap and power vacuum but also affected administration. 

Bernard Thierry Kinyera, the Speaker of Awach Sub County, says that his office has already written to the Gulu Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Geoffrey Okaka asking him to notify the Electoral Commission to conduct a by-election for the LC III chairperson within a month’s time.   

He says that they reached the resolution during the sub-county council on Tuesday last following the failure by the Electoral Commission to heed their demand since August, 5th, 2021.

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Cue out: …ma pe otime.’’//   

Everline Ajok, the Deputy Speaker of Awach Sub County, says that they are disappointed by the reluctance of the electoral body to organize by-elections, something she says may force them to stage a peaceful demonstration.

Geoffrey Okaka, the Gulu Chief Administrative Officer has confirmed receiving the petition, saying that he forwarded it to the Electoral Commission as a matter of urgency.  

Paul Bukenya, the Electoral Commission Spokesperson has confirmed receiving the concerns from Awach Sub County. He revealed that the Commission is working on the road map to conduct elections for vacant positions across the country.  

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Cue out: …very very soon.’’//

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