THE EDITOR, Sir:
An entity that is as sensitive and delicate as the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) should not be allowed to be embroiled in a game of political football and be dragged through murky waters because of 'bad judgement'.
As a result, the resignation of the chairman, Herbert Thompson, was of utmost importance in that the integrity of the commission cannot afford to be brought into disrepute.
The whole affair came about as a result of persons not realising the sensitivity of the ECJ's office and the ramifications of inviting the chairman to a frenzied party of orange.
The People's National Party (PNP) awards committee should never have even considered awarding the ECJ. It is untenable and raises questions about political interference and democracy. Regardless of what actually was the intent of the PNP, one of the most important aspects of politics is perception, and for even the thought to cross the minds of Jamaicans that the PNP and Mr Thompson are some sort of allies is perilous.
The party leader, on behalf of the PNP, should apologise to the people of Jamaica, and from a more fundamental position, the PNP must realise that dark clouds are over its head because in less than a year, the party has been embarrassed twice with issues that have called into question the party's stance on corruption.
Professor Trevor Munroe of the National Integrity Action (NIA) has repeatedly called for accountability, especially on the part of those persons who are in government offices. This is the opportune time for the people of Jamaica to work in tandem with the agencies such as NIA to help put politicans and officers of government offices and agencies in line with acceptable standards of conduct.