Filed or failed to file? Candidates' declaration lists now with chief prosecutor
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The nation’s chief prosecutor has confirmed that her office is now in possession of two lists from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) with the names of 37 candidates in the 2016 General Election who have either failed to file their declaration of election expenses or did so after the deadline.
Paula Llewellyn, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), says the lists were submitted to her office with a number of recommendations from the EOJ.
Llewellyn said she has since assigned two senior prosecutors to liaise with the EOJ to gather more information before deciding the next move.
She said under her supervision, they will work with the electoral office “to guide the process of gathering further information through statements from the relevant officers, which will facilitate the office of the DPP being put in a position to make an informed position.”
All candidates in the February 25 General Election were scheduled to submit their declaration of expenditure by April 6.
Under Section 101 of the Representation of the People Act (ROPA), any candidate, or his agent, who fails to make a return or makes a false declaration in his return, commits an offence and, on conviction before the Circuit Court, is liable to a fine of between $20,000 and $80,000 or imprisonment for a term not less than three years.
In addition, the candidate can be disqualified from holding any post of election officer for a period of not less than seven years from the date of conviction.