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JLP committee mulls over status of deputy leaders

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A long-standing member of the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has described as premature reports that the election of three of the four deputy leaders has been rendered invalid.

"Following the (annual) conference, the issue raised by Everald Warmington was put to the meeting of the Standing Committee of the JLP," said the member, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He said the committee was mandated to submit its recommendations in a report to the Standing Committee.

Reports surfaced yesterday that the Legal and Constitutional Committee had ruled that the process used to install the deputy leaders during the party annual conference on Sunday was unconstitutional.

Senior JLP sources said during Tuesday night's meeting of the committee, some members were at odds with Chairman Arthur Williams, who had moved a resolution on Sunday for delegates to approve the nominations of deputy leaders Audley Shaw, Dr Christopher Tufton and Desmond McKenzie despite clear breaches of the constitution.

"My understanding is that the Legal and Constitutional Committee has not arrived at a decision and its considerations are not complete and any report on a decision is premature," the Gleaner source said.