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Political Ombudsman says both parties agree public works in S.E. St Mary improper

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 11:31 AM
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown

The Office of the Political Ombudsman says the two main political parties have agreed that public works such as de-bushing and road patching being undertaken in a section of South East St Mary did not comply with the normal practice of involving the local representative.

According to the Political Ombudsman, the work is being carried out in the Bellefield Division represented by People’s National Party (PNP) Councillor Leevan Freeman.

The issue was among several concerns relating to the upcoming by-election that were discussed during a meeting on Friday between Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown and the general secretaries of both the PNP and the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

The JLP’s Dr Norman Dunn and Dr Shane Alexis of the PNP are locked in a close race for the South East St Mary constituency, which became vacant following the sudden passing of Dr Winston Green in August.

In a statement yesterday, Mrs Parchment Brown’s office said the PNP raised strong objection to the works taking place without Mr Freeman’s knowledge.

However, the office says both sides agreed that the issue would be corrected and adds that JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang has agreed to urgently investigate claims of political distribution of agricultural and roofing materials in the constituency.