Election Centre to monitor Portland East by-election
The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says members of the Election Centre will monitor the activities of the Portland Eastern by-election from the parish capital on Election Day.
The centre will be located at the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio and will be in operation from 7:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Co-chaired by the Director of Elections, Glasspole Brown and the Political Ombudsman, the Donna Parchment Brown, the Election Centre comprises a representative from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP), a senior member from the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force and representatives from CAFFE, the Umbrella Groups of Churches, the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and the National Integrity Action.
The EOJ explains that the network of representatives from key entities provides for the full airing of reported conflicts with a view to investigate, authenticate and resolve same, as well as enable the centre to issue factual reports to the media where necessary.
The centre serves as a source of authentic information concerning election matters, a point for registering complaints, a mechanism for conflict resolution and a focal point for coordination of activities and the sharing and dissemination of information related to specific matters surrounding the conduct of the polls come April 4.
The JLP's Ann-Marie Vaz and the PNP's Damion Crawford are contesting the election.