A group of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) delegates and supporters have demanded that the party's secretariat do everything to avoid a leadership challenge which, they say, will divide the 70-year-old institution.
Member of Parliament for North East Manchester and JLP Deputy Leader Audley Shaw has indicated that he is considering a challenge to party leader Andrew Holness and has embarked on consultations with delegates before making a final decision.
About 300 upset delegates and party supporters from various divisions mounted a demonstration at Monday's weekly Standing Committee meeting at the JLP headquarters at Belmont Road in Kingston.
JLP caretaker for Central Kingston, Rosalie Hamilton, who organised the protest, said the action was to register their disapproval of any battle for the top post in the JLP.
Hamilton told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the party has worked hard to rebuild unity and position itself as a viable government-in-waiting.
As such, she said those who want to challenge Holness must think again and put aside personal ambitions.
"Enough of this! Eighteen and a half years we were in opposition because of leadership challenges. We got the chance to take over for four years, and during that time, disruptive elements wanted to undermine the party."
Continuing, she said, "Every time the party shapes itself to form the government, there is a set of people who undermine the party at all times … . I am not for that, and I will rise up against those elements."
Warren Newby, the man leading Shaw's consultation team, said the protest represents a form of old-style politics and urged those involved to desist. Newby said it was in the interests of all to uphold the democratic process and avoid anything which would hurt the party.