JUST IN: Among beats Basalirwa in speakership race to replace Oulanyah

The speakership seat fell vacant when the speaker at the time Jacob Oulanyah died in Seattle last Sunday.

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Bukedea District Woman MP Anita Annet Among has been elected the new speaker of the 11th Parliament replacing the late Jacob Oulanyah.

During elections held at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer polled 401 votes against 66 of the opposition’s Asuman Basalirwa. There was one invalid vote.

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Until today, Among has been the Deputy Speaker an office was voted into last year in May.

The speakership seat fell vacant when the speaker at the time Jacob Oulanyah died in Seattle last Sunday.

Article 82(4) of the Constitution of Uganda provides that no transaction of any business is done in parliament other than election to the office of Speaker at any time that the office is vacant.

The exercise, as required by law, was conducted by the Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo.

The NRM whose chairman and president of Uganda Yoweri Museveni is in attendance also stand high chances of winning the deputy speaker seat which has since fallen vacant.

On Thursday, the party endorsed Ruhinda North County MP Thomas Tayebwa as their candidate for the position.

Like Among, Tayebwa is expected to benefit from the ruling party’s numerical strength to register victory.

Rukiga County MP, Roland Ndyomugyenyi Bish (Independent) and Okot P’Bitek Moses of the National Unity Platform & Kioga County legislator were the other two law makers known to have interest in the same office by close of business yesterday.

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