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Political Ombudsman says talks with parties about complaints related to St Mary SE seat fruitful

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 7:37 AMJerome Reynolds
Parchment Brown says the parties have agreed to work to address the issues.

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown is describing as fruitful Friday’s meeting with representatives of the two main political parties about ongoing complaints related to the hotly contested South Eastern St Mary by-election.

The Jamaica Labour Party’s Dr Norman Dunn and the People’s National Party’s Dr Shane Alexis are to square off in the October 30 election.

Both sides have complained about vandalism, abuses and misuse of funds, among other things.

While not going into details, Parchment Brown says the parties have agreed to work to address the issues.

She says a joint statement will be released to the public with a full account of the agreement.


Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown

Meanwhile, the political ombudsman says the JLP will also release a statement addressing controversial comments made recently by South West St Catherine MP and State Minister with responsibility for Works, Everald Warmington, at a political rally.

Warmington told supporters that it made no sense for them to vote for a PNP candidate during a JLP administration.

His comments have been condemned by the opposition.

Parchment Brown says she expects the JLP to address the matter by Monday.