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urged to obey the law
Clarke, Staff Reporter
AMOS, Superintendent of Police in charge of St. James, has
urged candidates for the June 19, Local Government Elections,
to rein in their supporters and to adhere to the laws.
a meeting called by Amos at the St. James Divisional Headquarters
on Thursday, the top cop laid down some ground rules for the
political aspirants, charging them to control their supporters
while on the campaign trail. He threatened to report any act
of misconduct on their part to Political Ombudsman, Bishop
party that allows such things to happen, I am prepared to
say it publicly that I am having serious problems with this
party, because they are not able to control their supporters
and I am going to report it to the Political Ombudsman,"
the superintendent said.
can always arrange for my transfer," he told candidates
of the governing People's National Party (PNP) and the Opposition
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
said swift action will be taken against persons who breach
the law, particularly during motorcades, and announced that
65 additional police personnel would be arriving in the parish
to boost the police capabilities in the pre-election period.
Amos also urged the candidates to monitor their motorcades
to ensure that their supporters adhere to the Road Traffic
laws, as the police would be instructed to seize vehicles
in which passengers are in breach. The practice of travelling
on top of and protruding from motor vehicles will not be tolerated,
know how difficult it may be to contain and to constrain these
people, but we must try and, in the presence of the police,
we would like to see that kind of leadership being demonstrated,
because I am going to ensure that the vehicles are seized
and perpetrators are prosecuted according to law," he
also urged the candidates to observe the law when staging
their political meetings, by applying to him, beforehand,
for permission to stage the meetings. He implored them not
to disrupt each other's political meetings. And he warned
police officers that serious action would be taken against
them if they carried out their duties in a partisan manner.