Ground Breaking Commonwealth Secretary-General Opens Political Ombudsman’s Launch of Historic Report on Extraordinary 2020 General Elections

Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland, the first woman to hold the post, will headline today’s launch by the Office of the Political Ombudsman of a historic report reviewing the extraordinary 2020 General Elections Campaign. Baroness Scotland was born in Dominica and is the second person from the Caribbean to serve as Commonwealth Secretary-General. As Secretary-General,… continue reading

Independent Political Ombudsman to Release Final Report on 2020 Election Campaign Findings

The Office of the Political Ombudsman is issuing the findings of its 2020 General Election Campaign Review Report a first in Jamaica’s history. This follows what can be considered the most unusual and difficult campaign period in the country’s recent past given the advent of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the first time implementation of the Campaign… continue reading

Re: Statements made by Candidate Mr Pearnel Charles Jr. on Clarendon South Eastern on Nationwide 90FM

The Office of the Political Ombudsman is a fair and neutral Commission of Parliament tasked with the duty to investigate breaches of the Code of Conduct by political party members and their supporters. I unequivocally condemn the attack made against the political activist on the team of Mr. Pearnel Charles Jr. in Clarendon early this… continue reading

Political Ombudsman Investigates Clarendon South Western Incident

An article in the daily Gleaner of August 17, 2020 refers. I received a report on the matter from Councillor McDonald of the Toll Gate division on Saturday August 15 at 8:56 p.m. He advised that the JLP candidate for Clarendon South Western, Mr Kent Gammon and his party was prevented from campaigning in Havanna… continue reading

Integrity and Democracy for Sale

I recently had a conversation with a gentleman who stoutly defended the practice of ‘vote buying’ as simply voters taking advantage of a business opportunity. Previously I have spoken to a few other Jamaicans who asserted that they only want their $5,000 payment and that corruption is not a big deal. Jamaica’s political leaders in… continue reading

Office of the Political Ombudsman Partners with Youth

The OPO believes that every citizen has the responsibility to participate in the building of a free and just society, rooted in the central and uninfringeable dignity of a person. The youth, as part of the citizenry, must have a voice in decisions that affect them and as they become stakeholders and change agents in… continue reading

Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown, commends the Parliament

Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown, commends the Parliament on the development of a bipartisan committee in the face of Covid19. “We need all hands on deck. No green or orange shirts now but Jamaicans caring for one another pooling our minds and divergent ideas for good”.

Election Centre to Meet Monday, March 2 in Clarendon SE

In preparation for the March 2 by-election in Clarendon South Eastern the Office of the Political Ombudsman at the invitation of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will operate the Election Centre from 7am on Monday in May Pen, and will keep it open until after polls close. The Election Centre is responsible for monitoring… continue reading

Political Ombudsman Statement on Clarendon South Eastern Incident

Both parties attended and took responsibility, Parchment Brown says. Hon. Donna Parchment Brown, Jamaica’s Political Ombudsman, issued the following statement following her meeting with individuals involved in the incident in Clarendon South Eastern last Sunday. “I held a meeting with both those directly affected and political representatives from both parties, namely People’s National Party (PNP)… continue reading

Political Ombudsman to Investigate Clarendon South Eastern Incident

A meeting is slated to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 9am, in Clarendon, with the Political Ombudsman and those individuals involved in the violent incident that took place on February 23, 2020, that was captured on video and widely shared via social media. This meeting is part of an investigation that the… continue reading