Holness was not encouraging vote-buying, says aide
The office of the Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, is seeking to justify his statement that electors should accept money offered in exchange for their vote, but vote according to their conscience.
At a political rally in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Sunday, Holness told supporters they should accept money from political representatives who are trying to 'buy them out' and then vote them out.
However, the Professor Trevor Monroe headed, National Integrity Action (NIA) has called on Holness to stop encouraging persons to break the law.
Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, the opposition leader’s aide, Marlon Morgan, said Holness was not encouraging vote-buying.
However, he said voters would be justified in deceiving politicians into thinking they have bought their votes.
The NIA says vote buying and selling is a clear breach of the Representation of the People's Act and in clear violation of the Code of Political Conduct agreed upon by both parties.
It is also calling on the security forces to put in place mechanisms to detect, investigate and bring before the Courts any case of vote buying or vote selling.
Quizzed about why Holness did not encourage voters to report vote buying to the police, Morgan responded that it might take deception to bring an end to the illegal practice.