Top cop issues stern warning as battle of the political party plastics heats up

Commissioner of Police Vere Browne yesterday warned political party operatives and the wider community that anyone found littering the country with party paraphernalia will be fined.

Browne, who was speaking to representatives of the political parties at a press conference, reminded that littering is an offence punishable by a fine in the Magistrate’s Court.

His warning comes as the country shifts into high gear for the election season and as utility poles and trees along major roads are being wrapped in red and blue plastic.

Browne said anyone found pulling down the plastic will be charged with littering.

“Let’s continue to be civilised and rational about that,” the commissioner said. “To pull them down and leave them on the ground as litter that is an offence … whether they are yellow, red, blue, black or white. We must realise a couple of things: we are a society of laws (and) the constitution and certain legislation (dictate that) people are free to choose their political persuasion and political parties.”