By Nathan Eyagu
The Uganda people’s congress (UPC) candidate was pronounced victory in the tight MP by-election in Oyam county North.
According to the Thursday results announced by the District Returning Officer, Mr Richard Onoba, Dr Apio Otuko won the election with a total of 15,718 votes (49.12 %) while Samuel Okello Engola Junior of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) who got 15,161 votes (47.38) while the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag-bearer, Freddy Newton Okello polled 714 votes while National Unity Platform candidate Daniel Okello garnered 403 votes respectively
According to Onoba, a total of 31,996 votes were cast for all the candidates, total number of ballot papers counted were 32,751 votes,37 votes were spoiled votes and 755 were invalid.
Dr Apio now joins Hon Betty Amongi, the the current Oyam District Woman Member of Parliament and Gender Minister to represent the district in Parliament while a member of the UPC Political Party.
The Oyam North County seat fell vacant following the death of the former MP and State Minister for Labour, Col (rtd) Charles Mac-Odwogo Engola who was shot dead by his private bodyguard Pte Wilson Sabiiti on May 2, 2023.