Thursday September 13 2012

NRM’s 19-year-old Alengot elected Usuk MP

NRM’s 19-year-old Alengot elected Usuk MP

Ms Proscovia Alengot Oromait (left), the 19-year-old Usuk County MP-elect, on the campaign trial with President Museveni days prior to the election. Ms Alengot victory in the by-election makes her Uganda's youngest MP ever. File Photo. 

By Richard Otim

The Electoral Commission this Thursday morning (12:34:21 AM) declared 19-year-old NRM candidate Ms Proscovia Alengot Oromait (NRM) winner of the Usuk parliamentary by-elections.

However, her age has led some to question whether she will perform her duties as Member of Parliament competently.

“I can’t just take it that NRM lacks adult supporters in Usuk. A youth like this MP (elect) is bound to make more mistakes than ever,” read one of the reactions on Facebook, a social media website.

Ms Aromait won the seat with 11,059 votes (54.2 per cent), cast from a total of 86 polling stations.

“Results for one polling station (though) came after declaration of the results. A vehicle which was sent to pick the results stuck and the results were only delivered in the morning,” said Mr Joseph Omona, the Katakwi returning officer.

He said a total of 38,238 voters were registered, with 21,103 (55.2%) turning up to vote in the by-election.

The exercise was however disrupted by heavy rains in some areas.

Ms Aromait replaces her father, who passed away this July, as Usuk MP.

It was not possible to get a comment from the MP-elect, who was said to be “busy, and cannot talk to the press now.”

Final Results:

Akileng Bob Paul 160 (0.8%)
Alengot Proscovoa Oromait 11,059 (54.2%)

The Electoral Commission thisThursday morning (12:34:21 AM)declared 19-year-old NRM candidateMs Proscovia Alengot Oromait(NRM) winner of the Usukparliamentary by-elections.

However, her age has ledsome to question whether shewill perform her duties asMember of Parliament competently.

“I can’t just take itthat NRM lacks adult supportersin Usuk. A youth likethis MP (elect) is boundto make more mistakes thanever,” read one of thereactions on Facebook, a socialmedia website.

Ms Oromait  wonthe seat with 11,059 votes(54.2 per cent), cast froma total of 86 pollingstations.

“Results for one pollingstation (though) came afterdeclaration of the results. Avehicle which was sent topick the results stuck andthe results were only deliveredin the morning,” said MrJoseph Omona, the Katakwireturning officer.

He said a total of38,238 voters were registered,with 21,103 (55.2%) turning upto vote in the by-election.

The exercise was howeverdisrupted by heavy rains insome areas.

Ms Oromait  replacesher father, who passed awaythis July, as Usuk MP.

It was not possible toget a comment from theMP-elect, who was said tobe “busy, and cannot talkto the press now.”

Final Results:

Akileng Bob Paul 160(0.8%)
Alengot Proscovoa Oromait 11,059(54.2%)
Anukur Martin Okwakol 284(1.4%)
Anyakoit Cecilia 554(1.4%)
Apuda Ignatius Loyola 59(0.3%)
Ariko David 27(0.1)
Okure Charles (FDC) 2,725(13.3%)
Oleny Charles Ojok 5,329(26.1%)
Oteger Nicholas 220(1.1%)

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