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Ombudsman worries over some who have not signed political code of conduct

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 11:48 AM
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown

With just two days to go before the local government polls, the office of the political Ombudsman is calling on the two major political parties to conduct a review of some one hundred candidates who have not signed the political code of conduct.

A tally from the Ombudsman's office shows that only 352 candidates across 13 parishes have so far signed the Declaration of the Political Code of Conduct.

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says she commends the candidates who have signed, adding that they demonstrate their willingness to uphold certain standards in politics.

She says most of the one hundred candidates who have not signed are from St Ann, St Catherine and St Andrew.

Parchment Brown says this is unacceptable and she is encouraging the PNP and JLP to instruct their candidates to sign the code of conduct. 

 

Parchment Brown believes that some candidates are refusing to sign the code of conduct because they believe others have breached it.

She says these perceived breaches are being investigated by her office.