PNP Caretaker for South East Clarendon, Patricia Duncan Sutherland has issued an apology following alleged breaches at Monday’s by election in the constituency.
In a statement shortly before newstime the caretaker says she’s listened to the conversations over the past few days and understands that her actions on the day of the by-election in South East Clarendon have caused great concern among well thinking Jamaicans and stewards of the electoral process.
She says her intent was not to interfere in any way or to obstruct the law or legitimate rules and regulations imposed by the Electoral Office.
But to observe and not disrupt proceedings, while ensuring that she and her supporters were clad in clothing which may be considered as neutral.
She said she had also endeavored to make it clear that they were not participating in the election. Thus they wore white shirts with the term observer printed on the back. However, she says having reflected and listened keenly to feedback about the issue, including perspectives from eminent Counsel and electoral officials, she recognizes that the actions of her and her supporters were inappropriate.
Consequently, she says she’s categorically apologizing to the EOJ, the Political Ombudsman and to all well thinking Jamaican who’ve expressed concern about this issue.