JLP dismisses claim by Political Ombudsman concerning projects in Portland Eastern

There's push back from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), to the call from the Political Ombudsman for a halt to unauthorised infrastructural projects now underway in the Portland Eastern constituency as campaigning heats up ahead of  the April 4 by-election.

The Party says State funds are not being used for the projects and it is at a loss to the concerns raised by the Ombudsman.

In a news release yesterday Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment-Brown, said infrastructural projects which started last October under the Constituency Development Fund and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo.) are being reported as the work of the JLP's prospective candidate, who is Ann-Marie Vaz.

The Ombudsman also said a contractor was conducting projects on public roads as a contribution to Vaz's campaign. 

According to Mrs Parchment-Brown, the projects had not received any permit or contract from the Municipal Corporation, the TPDCo. or the National Works Agency.

She called for  Vaz to instruct her campaign team and contributors to cease and desist from the unauthorised works on public facilities as they breach the Agreement and Declaration on Political Conduct. 

Meanwhile, in an interview with RJR News Chairman of the JLP's Public Relations Committee Matthew Samuda, said the Ombudsman's concerns are unwarranted.


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