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Ombudsman to receive report on political flags in constituencies

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:04 PM
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown.

The Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown is to receive a report today on the status of political flags in constituencies across the island.

Parchment Brown asked for the report following the controversial killings of a man and woman in Newlands in St Catherine. 

Members of the community believe that the woman, who was a political worker for the People's National Party, was shot to death after she made a complaint to the police about Jamaica Labour Party flags in her community.

Hours after her murder, a man, who is attached to the JLP, was subsequently murdered in what community members are calling a reprisal killing.

Following the murders, the Political Ombudsman issued a call for political parties to remove all political flags by the weekend.

However, persons have continued to mount the orange and green flags across the island.

Meanwhile, the Political Ombudsman, says she intends to meet with the leaders of the two main political parties as well as all other political representatives, as part of a confidence-building process. 

She disclosed on the JIS-produced programme, Issues and Answers, that the meetings will take place over the next two weeks. 

Parchment Brown also explains that the meetings would be used to emphasise adherence to the political code of conduct, signed over a decade ago.


Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown

Meanwhile, the Political Ombudsman says meetings are being scheduled with other stakeholders including the director of elections and the Electoral Commission of Jamaica. 

Parchment Brown was appointed Ombudsman on November 16 at a time when speculations were high there would be a general election by year end.