The Jamaica Labour Party, J-L-P, candidate for the East Portland by-elections, Ann Marie Vaz and her immediate representatives were a no show at the signing of the political code of conduct in the parish today (March 18).
The signing which was scheduled for 1 pm today in Portland, under the supervision of Custos of the Parish, Lincoln Thaxter, saw only People’s National Party, PNP candidate, Damion Crawford and his campaign manager signing the document.
Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown told Irie Fm News that the JLP had initially stated that there would have been a difficulty in signing the code in the PNP’s presence, but today stated that they would have a difficulty signing overall.
She noted that the JLP attributed the decision to blatant social media attacks on Mrs. Vaz, among other reasons which the party said would be outlined in a letter to Mrs. Parchment Brown.
In noting the importance of the political code of conduct which forbids inflammatory and discriminatory remarks on the political platform, Mrs. Parchment Brown says signing the code is a public affirmation by both candidates.
She says she hopes Mrs. Vaz, will make herself available for the signing of the document.
In the meantime, the Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown is urging members of the public to desist attacks against candidates of the East Portland by-election.
She says she was recently made aware of derogatory remarks being made about Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, candidate, Ann Marie Vaz on social media.
The Political Ombudsman added that the People’s National Party, PNP candidate, Damion Crawford is also asking persons making such posts on his behalf to desist.
Mrs. Parchment Brown says the matter will be reported to the police and efforts will be made to have such posts removed.