JFJ CALLS FOR RESIGNATION OF THE POLITICAL OMBUDSMAN
December 28, 2011, Kingston, Jamaica – Political impartiality and the clear perception of impartiality are essential to the role of Political Ombudsman. Reports of comments recently made by Bishop Herro Blair have eroded the perception of his political impartiality, and in light of this, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is calling for his resignation from the position of Political Ombudsman.
In commenting on a recent position taken by the President of the People’s National Party on a review of the “Buggery Law”, an issue which has now become the subject of political campaigning in the upcoming election, it is reported that Bishop Blair took a clear position on the issue, encouraging voters to support his declared position. Whereas both in his personal capacity and as a Bishop in his church, Bishop Blair is absolutely entitled to hold and voice his opinion on the issue and to encourage persons to support that position, this action would erode his ability to be seen as an impartial adjudicator in his role as Political Ombudsman.
Additionally, the content and tone of some of his comments would make it difficult for him to continue to speak out against inflammatory language coming from political candidates and political platforms.
JFJ is calling on Bishop Blair to do the right thing and resign from his position as Political Ombudsman with immediate effect.