By Godfrey Ojore
Soroti Woman MP Angeline Osege retained the FDC flag in party primaries conducted on Saturday.
She will now face Racheal Adyango of the ruling NRM party in next year’s elections.
Osege convincingly beat her closest challenger Joan Alobo – a new entrant in politics – by more than 70 votes. She got polled 94 votes while her rival managed a lowly 16.
The incumbent was announced winner by the party’s returning officer Geoffrey Ocana.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Ebwalu took Soroti County with 109 votes against Alice Atai’s 99 and Tom Julius Ekudo’s 87 votes.
But Ekudo, the LC3 chairman of Gweri sub-county, refused to concede defeat, saying he is going to contest as an independent.
"There was a foul play in our primaries because we were denied registers until the last hour to elections. I will go as an independent,” he said.
The incumbent, Peter Omolo, did not contest over his poor health that has kept him inactive since he was elected in 2011.
Ebwalu now faces David Eroku of the NRM. Before joining FDC this year, he was the treasurer in the NRM party in Soroti municipality.
Elsewhere, Dr. Godfrey Egwau – formerly of UPC and only joined FDC three months ago – won the election for the newly created Dakabela County in Soroti district. He got 272 votes against Julius Elalu who got 69 votes.
A senior gynecologist at Soroti referral hospital, Egwau will be running for the third time and will face Comas Elotu of NRM, who is a new entrant in the field of politics.
Returning officer Ocana said the elections were free and fair and the voter turn up was at 90%.
"The process was peaceful, transparent and democratic. Those who are complaining can lodge their complaints to the party," he said.
The municipality MP elections saw two candidates – Moses Okia Attan and Peter Carlos Ebiau – boycotting polling on grounds that the register contained ghost names.
Herbert Edmund Ariko remained in the race and emerged the winner after obtaining 147 votes against Attan’s seven votes and one vote for Ebiau.
Attan and Ebiau have petitioned the party and the top party leaders in Kampala are expected in Soroti this week to harmonize the candidates and their supporters.