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Political parties halt campaigning in Flanker following shooting incidents #JaVotes2016

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 2:04 PM
Jamaica Labour Party supporters look on as the police secure the area where a motorcade was attacked leaving one person dead.

The People's National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have reportedly agreed to halt campaigning in Flanker, St James.

It follows the shooting death of two people from the community at a JLP mass meeting in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay on Sunday and last evening's attack on on a JLP motorcade in the community, which left one person dead and others injured.

A statement from the Office of the Political Ombudsman says the ‎members the election centre met and the decision was made.

As a result, there will be no marches, motorcades, spot meetings, political gatherings, and the use of town criers and loudspeakers in the further.

"The Election Centre welcomes the decision by the political parties and encourages support for their decision", said a spokesperson in the statement.

In the meantime, the Election Centre has recommended that the Jamaica Constabulary Force institutes a ban with immediate effect on political campaigning in Flanker and further recommends that no permits be granted for any political campaigning in Flanker‎.