Erute South: MP Jonathan Odur nominated, asks EC to act fair


MP Odur Jonathan addressing the media shortly after his nomination. Photo by Frank Oyugi.

Lira—15 October 2020: The Erute South MP, Jonathan Odur, has Thursday morning (11: 24am) been duly nominated by the Independent Electoral Commission as he seeks to retain his seat on the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party ticket.

Mr Odur was nominated at former Erute County Court with presence of ‘suspicious’ Anti-riot police deployed around the facility.

Shortly after his nomination, MP Jonathan Odur shared his delight with the media.

“I am happy to announce to you that this morning at 11:24 am I was successfully nominated for the Parliamentary seat of Erute South MP seat,” Odur who was beaming with smiles and clad in his red “ayu ayu” shirt told the media.

Meanwhile, Odur has challenged the electoral commission to act fair and ensure equal treatment to all the candidates without flouting Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

“On days like this, we usually like to celebrate with our supporters but even here, I was not allowed to carry my supporters but I hope the EC will not discriminate and apply equal treatment to all the candidates,” Odur challenged the EC.

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He also called on his compatriots in the UPC party to exercise loyalty to the party, saying internal conflicts should be resolved within the party, but not before the EC.

Asked why he intends to run for a second term, Odur said he is aware of intention by government to further bring more controversial bills in the next Parliament which are detrimental to the good governance and the wellbeing of Ugandans, and says he is one tested legislator who has the spine to take movement (NRM) head-on.

Mr Odur further says he had also initiated a number of development projects for the community which are yet at take off stage and his second term in Parliament will ensure such projects are completed.

Odur will tussle it out with Sam Engola, who was also nominated same day.

The former MP, Mr Engola, is running on NRM ticket. Others nominated were: Caxton Etii, Independent, Johnson Adupa, Independent and Patrick Aroma on Independent.

For Lira woman MP, Linda Agnes Auma, whose flag was reallocated by NRM EC led by Dr Tanga Odoi, was also nominated as an Independent candidate.

Linda Auma needs no introduction, for she is a seasoned politician having taken part in youth politics and for the same seat in 2016 but lost. Auma has taken a pot as her symbol.

Auma had called on the women of Lira district to back her, saying she is a tested leader and a mother, therefore the most qualified to nurture the “new baby district of Lira”.

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