People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for East Portland Damion Crawford has expressed his disappointment that signage in the constituency bearing his name and likeness have repeatedly been vandalized across the parish.
Taking to Twitter to share the damaged billboards and posters, Crawford was upset that only the PNP’s signs were affected – and seemingly pointed fingers at supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
“If u are so sure of victory why destroy our very few boards?” he asked on Tuesday, March 12.
Two days later, the vandalism continued, and though the locations of the alleged acts weren’t specified by Crawford, he again used the opportunity to tweet that his campaign team has been finding it difficult to replace the damaged signs.
“Me done broke and they destroying our boards…whyyyyyyyyyy,” Crawford tweeted on Thursday.
The campaign trail has been progressing despite the challenges according to Crawford, as the PNP’s newest MP hopeful also shared highlights of his visits to the communities of Islington and Anchovy.
“Spent the weekend going door-to-door in Islington and Anchovy to discuss the 11-point constituency development plan. Thank you for the love and meaningful conversations as we work together to continue to move East Portland forward. #ForwardWithCrawford,” he posted on Sunday, March 10.
Jamaica Today was unable to ascertain if the Crawford camp had initiated dialogue with JLP frontrunner Ann Marie Vaz, who he will be contesting the April 4 by-elections against, or whether the incidents have been reported to the Portland Police or the Political Ombudsman.
East Portland, a stronghold of the PNP since 1989, has been swathed by orange for 30 years, with back-to-back-to-back representation from the late Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, Donald Rhodd and Headley Lawrence.
The current by-election was spurred in the wake of the untimely slaying of former Member of Parliament Dr. Bloomfield, who was murdered at his Port Antonio home in early February.