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JLP submits list of delegates
2013-10-30 08:13:52 | (0 Comments)
Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
The Secretariat of the Jamaica Labour Party has dispatched to the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) a final list of approximately 5,100 delegates who have been registered to vote in the November 10 leadership election between incumbent Andrew Holness and challenger Audley Shaw.
Head of the Secretariat, Dr Horace Chang, has confirmed that it will cost the party between $2.5 million and $3 million to finance the EOJ’s administering of the much-anticipated poll.
He explained that of the 5,100 delegates registered to vote, 1,007 have been drawn from the 15 constituencies in the Corporate Area that comprise the JLP’s Area Council One, in which Holness’ West Central St Andrew seat is located.
Another 1,506 delegates have been drawn from Area Council Two that incorporates the constituencies in St Catherine, St Mary, Portland, and St Thomas.
Area Council Three, which takes in Clarendon, St Ann, and Manchester, where Shaw’s North East Manchester seat is located, has 1,121 delegates, with another 1,006 delegates in Area Council Four, where the constituencies of Westmoreland; Hanover, St James, and Trelawny are located.
Chang said the number of delegates in each constituency is determined by one per cent of the total number of votes in the December 2011 general election.
He explained that each constituency earns one delegate for each percentage point by which the political opponent is defeated.
He said other groups with national status, such as Generation 2000, have been allotted 40 delegates each, while others based in the Corporate Area, such as the National Patriotic Movement are given 20 delegates to exercise their franchise.
Chang said the EOJ would be setting up special communications and other facilities in line with its expertise at the national levels, as the Secretariat will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the process is fair.
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