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PNP wants OCG, Ombudsman to monitor state spending ahead of by-elections

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 8:53 PMJerome Reynolds
Contractor General Dirk Harrison

The People’s National Party (PNP) wants the Political Ombudsman and the Office of the Contractor General to immediately establish a mechanism to monitor the use of state funds in areas where by-elections are pending, especially St Mary South East.

The PNP says it has received reports that several agencies, including the municipal corporation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, have started allocating resources such as fertiliser and other agricultural products in the parish.  

The party also claims that a new de-bushing programme has started in the constituency.

The PNP says it is further alleged that resources which were earmarked for sections of Portmore and the wider St Catherine are being re-allocated to St Mary.

The party is urging the Contractor General and the Office of the Political Ombudsman to quickly step in and monitor the situation.