Ombudsman warns against campaign misconduct
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown said that all complaints and reports will be dealt with aggressively and there will be consequences if candidates breach the Political Code of Conduct in the lead up to the local government elections.
"We are serious about intimidation, defacing and political graffiti not being placed in divisions. Candidates must also be in very good company. We know that when they are elected they represent all. During the campaigning, they must be careful with whom they associate," Parchment Brown said. The ombudsman was being interviewed at the signing of Political Code of Conduct at the Philippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town yesterday. While acknowledging that candidates may have been in a campaign mode, she bemoaned that not all of the 87 persons who were slated to sign attended the event.
"It is important that councillor/candidates show that they are ready to represent the people and will sign to show that they will do so in the positive spirits of good representation. It is clear that members should be here to show their good intentions and for that I must apologise." she said. It was revealed that only 46 of the 87 candidates inked their good intentions to abide by the guiding principles of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica. The event was hosted by Joseph Parker, acting Custos Rotulorum of St Catherine.