Political Ombudsman investigates vote buying allegations

by April 3rd, 2019

With fresh concerns coming from the People’s National Party today (April 3) about vote buying being linked to Sunday’s (March 31) shooting of two men in Eastern Portland, the Political Ombudsman has reiterated that the police’s probe has not substantiated this claim.

Donna Parchment Brown says she has received complaints about vote buying, but there has been no confirmation so far.

In a statement this morning, the PNP called for a full investigation by the police and the Office of the Political Ombudsman pointing out that vote buying is illegal.

The party also wants the police to disclose the current state of their probe into the shootings.

Two shootings resulting in the death of one person have occurred in the constituency in recent weeks, with the latest being two men shot and wounded on Sunday in Halls Avenue Port Antonio.

Mrs Parchment Brown says her office is continuing its probe into vote buying.

And the Political Ombudsman is hopeful that tomorrow’s (April 4) by-election will be safe and free from intimidation, as electors choose their next member of parliament.

Donna Parchment Brown says, while it has been a robust campaign with a lot of difficulties for various people, she is calling for good order during the election.

Campaign activities ended yesterday, (April 2) as the parties gear up for the polls.

Mrs Parchment Brown is cautioning electors against disrupting the election process, through vote buying or any other activity.

She is encouraging the public to contact the police, or the election centre which will be based in East Portland with any complaint or problem on election day.