Mr Andrew Ojok has emerged winner of the Omoro County by-election parliamentary seat after beating five of his contenders in the race to replace his deceased father and former Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah.
Oulanyah’s son, Ojok garnered 14,224 votes while his closest contender, Mr Simon Toolit Akecha of the National Unity Platform (NUP) got 1,633 votes, according to the Electoral Commission.
Mr Terence Odonga (Independent) came third with 532 votes out of the 17, 069 valid votes cast on Thursday.
He was followed by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate, Mr Justine Odong who scored 529 votes.
Mr Walter Jimmy Onen (Independent) got 88 votes while the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) candidate, Mr Oscar Kizza trailed with 63 votes.
Speaking following his victory, Ojok said he is happy to continue the unifying role of his late father Jacob Oulanyah.
“This is a very important victory especially given the number of voters, it is a big statement. I want to thank all twho stood, they gave an alternative. I want to thank the party and local leadership. This election should unite us,” he said.
“We need to come back together as leaders of Omoro,” he added.
Andrew Hook Oulanyah who wad declared the winner by the returning officer Kagona Moses at about 10:15 pm on 26th/05/2022 replaced his father who died on March 20, 2022 in Seattle, Washington, United States barely a year after being voted Speaker of the 11th Parliament.