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#JaVotes2016: Police break promise... turn blind eye to rowdy political supporters

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2016 | 12:37 PM
A Jamaica Labour Party supporter hangs from a bus in the Corporate Area during Nomination Day today.
PNP supporters hang from vehicles in the Corporate Area on Nomination Day.
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Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Supporters of the two main political parties have been seen hanging from buses and cars in sections of St Andrew since this morning, despite assurances from the police that they would adopt a zero-tolerance approach for breaches of the Road Traffic Act.

On Old Hope Road a short while ago, a number of People's National Party (PNP) supporters were seen protruding from Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses and Coaster buses.

Not far behind them was a convoy of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters also protruding from several Coaster buses.

One woman sat on a window as she gyrated to the sounds of music blaring from the speakers.

A senior police officer acknowledged that the police have been directed to take a zero-tolerance approach, but said there are a number of reasons there had been, up till then, no prosecution.

The high-ranking officer said the safety of the men and women under her command was one of the factors.

"If we stop one bus we going to have to stop all of them to prosecute. Then you might have the two groups converging and we don't want that," she explained.