Youth Surge: Karamoja Gears Up for Intense Battle with 148 Contestants Eyeing Parliamentary Seats

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Christine Nakwang suppoters muching in Kaabong streets after her nomination on Monday (photo by Steven Ariong) (1)
Photo of the supporters of Ms Christine Nakwang during the campaign of 2011 where she lost in primaries and stood as independent and won the seat (photo by Steven Ariong )
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The 2026 general elections are expected to be the toughest race in Karamoja, given the high number of young and energetic youth and girls who have expressed interest in competing for the 27 parliamentary seats in the region.

Currently, 148 aspiring candidates, including both women directly elected and those representing constituencies, are actively engaged in ground mobilization.

Some candidates are mobilizing funds to support community members in recovering their raided cows, while others are fundraising for vulnerable children and elderly persons.



A survey conducted by this publication revealed the following information:

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In Moroto district:

  • Matheniko county, where 9 people have expressed interest in the seat currently held by Mr. John Baptist Loki (NRM).
  • Teeth County in Moroto, represented by Mr. Albert Lokoru Ekorita (NRM), has attracted 5 candidates.
  • Moroto Municipality, represented by Mr. Frank Adome Lorika (NRM), has attracted 7 candidates.
  • The women’s Member of Parliament seat for Moroto district, currently held by Ms. Stella Atyang (NRM), has attracted 8 women.

In Kotido district:

  • Jie County, represented by Mr. Abrahams Loki (NRM), has attracted 5 candidates.
  • Kotido Municipality, represented by Mr. Mohamad Lomwar (NRM), has attracted 6 candidates.
  • The women’s Member of Parliament seat, represented by Ms. Margaret Aleper (NRM), has attracted 5 women.

In Abim district:



  • Arthur constituency, represented by Jimmy Brick Ocero (NRM), has attracted 9 candidates.
  • The women’s Member of Parliament seat, represented by Ms. Janet Okorimoe, has attracted 6 women.

In Napak district:

  • Bokora East, represented by Mr. Peter Ken Lochap (NRM), has attracted 10 candidates.
  • Bokora County, represented by John Bosco Ngoya (NRM), has attracted 6 candidates.
  • The women’s Member of Parliament seat, currently held by the vocal Mp Ms. Faith Nakut (NRM), has attracted 7 women.

In Nabilatuk district:

  • Pian county, represented by seasoned politician Mr. Remigio Achia (NRM), has attracted 7 candidates.
  • Six women have expressed interest to challenge Ms. Silvia Awas, the district woman Member of Parliament for Nabilatuk (NRM).

In Nakapiripirit district:

  • Chakwi county, represented by seasoned politician and State Minister for Minerals Peter Lokeris Aimat (NRM), has attracted 8 candidates.
  • For Chakwi county, represented by Mr. Moses Aleper (NRM), 7 candidates have shown interest.
  • Four women are set to face off with Ms. Ether Anyakun, who also doubles as the State Minister for Disaster, for the parliamentary seat.

In Upe county in Amudat district:

  • Five people have expressed interest in competing for the seat currently held by Mr. Michael Lolem Akathile (NRM).
  • Five women have shown interest in competing for the seat currently held by the iron lady Ms. Betty Chelain (NRM).

In Kaabong district:

  • In Dodth East county, represented by Mr. Emmanuel Komol (NRM), 9 people have expressed interest.
  • Dodoth North, currently represented by Mr. Joseph Komol (NRM), has attracted 5 candidates.
  • Iki county, represented by Hilary Lokwang (NRM), has attracted 3 candidates.
  • Six women have expressed interest to challenge the incumbent Ms. Christine Nakwang Tubo (NRM) for the parliamentary seat.

In Karenga district:

  • Dodoth West county, represented by Mr. Baatom Ben Koryanga (NRM), has attracted 4 candidates.
  • The women’s Member of Parliament seat, currently held by Ms. Roselily Akello, who doubles as the State Minister for Ethics, has attracted 5 women.

This publication learned that some of these individuals, including those who lost in previous elections, are seeking to reclaim their victories. Some candidates who prefer not to disclose their plans at this early stage have expressed confidence in winning the race.

Last week, the NRM party released its roadmap for NRM primaries.



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