JAMAICA Observer online readers have overwhelmingly blasted former chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica Chairman Dr Herbert Thompson over his explanation of the series of events that led up to his acceptance of an award — said to be meant for the ECJ — from the ruling People’s National Party, which has cost him the top post. In an Observer story on Tuesday, Dr Thompson, who has stayed on the ECJ as an independent member, said that had he seen the invitation letter, he would not have attended the function. But Observer readers say he should have known better. Here are some edited comments:
Ignorance of the law is no defense! The less you talk on the matter, Dr Thompson, the better.
...Why in God's name would they send him a letter and not outline what activities will be taking place? Even a child would come up with a better excuse.
Oh, Dr Thompson, not seeing the invitation letter sent to the ECJ office yet you accepted the award makes your accountability appears skewed. If this is any indication how you will discharge your duty as Chairman of ECJ it proves that you are not the person for this job. This system cannot function on TRUST. It must function on EVIDENCE.
Lennox E Wallace
But former Chairman, you sound bitter against the JLP for a mistake YOU made. What do you mean by you didnt see the letter until the JLP members came and "started carrying on"? If I wasn't in a position to physically see an invitation I would ask them to email or fax me, but you were too eager, and that caused the problem.
Dr Thompson should cut the drama and resign, not half-resign.
To err is human. It is clear to schoolchildren in England that the award was to the ECJ and not a personal award to Dr Thompson. Can't say I understand what the fuss is about.
St Marian kay
Why is this concept so hard to grasp? The ECJ is supposed to be impartial. Therefore, it should not be receiving an award from any of the political parties.
How could he think that accepting an award from a political party on behalf of the ECJ was a wise or ethical thing to do? Even I know that this is a huge no-no!
Very untidy, very careless!
Outside the box
I actually believe you, even though I do believe in your resignation as well. It's just sad that you did not see the letter, and had to go off the word of someone else.
Gary Rubbas Harris
Well said, sir. I believed you from the the beginning and I knew the whole thing was milked by the JLP and all for what? Just to gain cheap political points and tarnish the name of a respected servant of this country.
We must be carfeful how we treat distinguished Public servants. We won't get decent people to hold public office. No wonder our politics is like that!!
Anyone who reads this and comes away thinking this man was honoured and not the ECJ, then politics has corrupted their soul.
Mr Thompson, with all due respect, you are missing the point. The letter is neither here nor there. Neither the ECJ, nor you as a member of the ECJ, should be accepting ANY favours of ANY sort from ANY political party.
To solve this, let us all see a copy of the award to see to whom it was addressed. That should clear up all obfuscation.
I would love to know what was inscribed on the award because that should settle the matter.