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JLP leadership challenge voting hopefuls get go-ahead for late registration
2013-09-10 08:23:37 | (0 Comments)
Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio
More than 2,000 Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) delegates are being given the opportunity to get registered ahead of a possible leadership challenge at the party's upcoming annual conference.
It has also been suggested that the conference slated for November be brought forward as the party moves to reduce the possible negative effects of a protracted campaign period.
Member of Parliament for North East Manchester and JLP deputy leader Audley Shaw is currently holding consultation on whether to mount a challenge against party leader Andrew Holness.
It recently came to light that 25 of the 63 constituencies across the island missed the deadline to register delegates.
This would see about 2,000 of the 5,000 delegates being barred from voting in elections at the upcoming annual conference.
The Legal and Constitutional Committee deliberated on the matter and put forward recommendations which were evaluated at last night’s Standing Committee meeting.
A release from the JLP secretariat last night said the Committee sought to strike a balance between the Party's desire for delegate participation and the need to rebuild and protect the institutions of the Party, including the enforcement of the Constitution and its rules.
General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, says following that deliberation, the Standing Committee decided to further extend the period for registration to Friday.
He says this would also require constituencies which did not register within the first extension period, up to May 31, to use their last official delegate list in line with past custom.
The release last night also said the Standing Committee has requested that the Secretariat explore the possibility of holding Conference at an earlier date.
Members reportedly expressed the view that in the event of an election, a protracted campaign was not in the best interest of the Party or the Country.
Member of Parliament for North East Manchester and JLP deputy leader Audley Shaw is to announce this week if he will mount a challenge against party leader Andrew Holness.
Shaw and Holness have been meeting with delegates over the last few weeks ahead of the possible challenge.
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