Delano Seiveright and members of the Jamaica Labour Party’s St. Thomas Eastern Campaign Management Team this morning filed a report with the Morant Bay Police following a major stand-off between supporters of the JLP and the PNP in the vicinity of the JLP’s Constituency office in Port Morant yesterday.
According to Mr. Richard Porteous, Campaign Liaison, “we were holding a series of workers meetings at the constituency office only to hear that Dr. Fenton Ferguson and Dr. Andrei Cooke were leading a group PNP supporters, several of whom are from East Kingston, in the area. In a deliberate act of confrontation and provocation, Dr. Ferguson continued forward leading to a stand-off in the street for about 45 minutes. During the melee, threats were made to Mr. Seiveright and his supporters. Additionally, several suspicious and armed men said to be from East Kingston were seen posturing in a threatening manner.”
It is alleged that a weapon was taken from one of the supporters by the Police.
Mr. Porteous noted that the Mr. Seiveright and the team in addition to filing a Police report, has written to Commissioner of Police, Karl Williams copying Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment-Brown.
He called on the Police to swiftly put in place measures to curb the increasing use of intimidation by Dr. Ferguson and his supporters while ensuring the security of Mr. Seiveright and his supporters. He noted further that Mr. Seiveright had last year written to the St. Thomas Police about the use of intimidation in several districts by Dr. Ferguson and his supporters.
Mr. Porteous stressed that the JLP’s St. Thomas Eastern Campaign Management Team is committed to a peaceful and positive campaign focused on improving the lives of the people of St. Thomas Eastern.