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JAMAICA | PNP wants authorities to investigate alleged threats to Rafters in East Portland

General Secretary of the PNP Julian Robinson General Secretary of the PNP Julian Robinson
PORTLAND, Jamaica, March 22, 2019: The People's National Party (PNP) is asking the police to immediately investigate reports of intimidation and threats made against the rafters and others in the Berrydale community of East Portland by political activists yesterday.

The Party says it has received reports that during a visit to the area by members of the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), yesterday, for a campaign event, rafters was reportedly threatened that there would be retaliation if they did not support the Jamaica Labour Party’s candidate, Mrs. Annmarie Vaz. The PNP finds these reports disturbing and is calling on the relevant authorities, including the Political Ombudsman, to investigate the matter.

The PNP said this reported development is alarming as the party continues to run a clean and disciplined campaign and hoped that the peace and tranquility of Portland would not suffer on account of anyone who would seek to use intimidatory tactics, including violence to gain political advantage and votes

It is also noteworthy, the Party says, that these charges of intimidation and threats have surfaced in the context of the JLP candidate's refusal to sign the Political Code of Conduct, which denounces acts of violence in the campaign.

The PNP is urging those who have been threatened and/or intimidated to report these very disturbing developments directly to the police. However, with the level of fear that is now engulfing sections of the community, it is essential that the Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, initiate an investigation into these reports swiftly and to provide adequate security coverage for the areas targeted to eliminate the atmosphere of fear which is slowly engulfing sections of the constituency.

The PNP says that the hard-won rights through Universal Adult Suffrage ensure that every Jamaican over the age of 18 years is entitled to a vote without fear and this must be preserved by the State.

The people of East Portland must be assured of their protection as they make their choice in an atmosphere of freedom, fairness and safety.

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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