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Ombudsman says Simpson Miller accepts St Ann comments regrettable

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 11:46 PM
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says president of the People's National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller has admitted she could have conducted herself differently at a party meeting in St Ann last week where she made alleged violence-inciting comments.

Parchment Brown and Simpson Miller had a meeting today over the issue which the Ombudsman is probing.

She told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this afternoon that the PNP president is to write to her on what corrective action may be taken.

 

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown speaking with Gleaner reporter Jovan Johnson

Simpson Miller has come under fire for comments she made while being heckled at a political meeting in the St Ann South Eastern constituency last week Wednesday.

The seat is represented by the PNP's Lisa Hanna.

However, a feud that developed last year between some PNP councillors in the constituency and Hanna remains unresolved and has been playing out publicly.

That has threatened the PNP's chances in Monday's local government polls and Simpson Miller was not happy.

 

PNP president Portia Simpson Miller speaking at a political meeting in St Ann last week

PNP general secretary Paul Burke has told the Jamaica Observer that Simpson Miller's comments were taken out of context and are being misrepresented.