Case of bribery in recent by-election, handed over to police

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says she has turned over a case of alleged bribery to the police in relation to the recent by-election in the Portland Eastern constituency.

Parchment Brown declined to give details on the case but told RJR News this morning that she expects that the police will relay their findings to her office.

A day before the April 4 by election,  Parchment Brown disclosed that her office had received a formal complaint of  vote buying in Portland Eastern, which was being investigated.

The opposition People's National Party had complained that during the campaigning period, it received reports of vote buying in the constituency.

Meanwhile, the Political Ombudsman says her office is also investigating allegations of breaches of the Representation of the People Act in relation to campaign financing coming out the Portland Eastern by-election.Under the Representation of the People Act, contributors, candidates and registered political parties are required to file declarations and reports with the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) within a prescribed time-frame.

Ann-Marie Vaz and Damion Crawford, who contested the by-election, and their agents had until May 16, to file a declaration of their election expenditures and a declaration that, to the best of their candidate's knowledge, no contribution from any impermissible contributor had been accepted by them during the campaign reporting period.

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