By Michael Onyinge
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party had its primary party elections in Kaberamaido district on Friday.
The chairperson of the district electoral committee, Irene Agwero declared the winners who will now be their flagbearers to compete with other parties.
Agwero declared the incumbent woman Member of Parliament, Florence Ibi Ekwau as the winner after getting 101 votes as her contender Margaret Amuge managed 35 votes.
Ekwau will now compete with the NRM flag bearer, Maria Goretti Ajilo. Amuge said much as she had lost, she presented her issues to the voters.
“The only problem I saw is that the voters’ registers reached late in some of the polling stations. This could have made some of the voters not to turn up.”
For Kalaki County, David Elyau was declared the winner after getting 320 votes. He defeated Moses Echonyu who got 107 votes.
Elyau will face off with the incumbent MP Clement Kenneth Ongalo Obote who is also the NRMflag bearer.
Agwero also declared Julius Peter Emigu as the FDC flagbearer for Kaberamaido County. Emigu got 243 votes defeating Luke Edibu and Simon Edechu who got 18 and 16 votes respectively.
Emigu will compete with Veronica Isala who is the NRM flagbearer.
Meanwhile, the FDC flagbearer for LC5 will be Joseph Joe Emusu Ediegu who was declared unopposed. He will face Albert Anthony Ejoku of the NRM.
Emusu said the real struggle had now started to see that more key seats are captured back from NRM party. “This is now the time to reclaim all the positions to FDC. We have been tested in the key positions and found that we can deliver better that NRM,” Emusu told FDC supporters at the tallying centre.
Agwero said two incumbent LC3 chairpersons never picked their party nomination forms while one of them lost in the primary elections.
The incumbent LC3 chairperson of Bululu sub-county Raymond Epitu lost in the party primary elections after garnering 36 votes against his Joseph Edyau’s 40 votes.
In Kobulubulu sub-county, of the three aspirants, Elly Robinson Arii is the FDC flagbearer after getting 33 votes. Jimmy Ebong got 11 votes as Sam Omagor got five votes.
The Kalaki sub-county race LC3 race saw Michael Achilu carry the flag after defeating Samson Egweu.
Retired primary school headteacher Simon Emuje took the flag for Anyara sub-county.
Agwero said some aspirants went through unopposed as they used consensus approach.
“I request those who have lost in the primary party elections to remain united and support those who have succeeded,” she urged.
Agwero said their elections were peaceful without any violence.
“It is a reason why we did not have police since FDC is known of being peaceful and democratic. We have shown other parties how to conduct peaceful elections.”