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Political Ombudsman probing case against ousted St Thomas councillor

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 11:10 AMJerome Reynolds
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown

Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown, has called ousted councillor for the Yallahs Division in St Thomas, Dean Jones, to a meeting next week Thursday morning to discuss the outcome of the court case against him and whether he breached the Political Code of Conduct.

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court nullified Jones' November 2016 election on the grounds that he was ineligible to contest the local government polls due to the fact that at the time he was employed to the government. 

The Representation of the People Act prohibits civil servants from contesting elections.

In a March 26 letter to Jones, Parchment Brown highlighted that as a signatory to the Code, he agreed to uphold the law, among other things.

“It has been reported that you will be the candidate for the upcoming by-election. In light of the Court's decision, it is important to determine if the Code was breached and if so, what action should be taken to address the breach,”

the Ombudsman said in the letter to Jones.

The political ombudsman continued: “electors of the Yallahs Division, the St Thomas Municipal Corporation, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, the Ministry of Local Government and Jamaican taxpayers may have been affected by your decision to accept nomination in 2016 and to contest the elections even though disqualified by virtue of your employment and may require action”.

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