Kamina Johnson Smith, chair of the legal and constitutional committee of the Jamaica Labour Party, said she is not responsible for the leak of a legal opinion, prepared by her, which says that there is basis under Rule 19 of the party's constitution to bar hundreds of delegates from voting in the party's leadership elections.
The contents of the Johnson Smith report, prepared for discussion at tonight's night meeting of the standing committee, were published in The Sunday Gleaner yesterday.
Johnson Smith, in a media release issued last night by senior party member Olivia Grange, said the legal opinion was not widely circulated because of "the current sensitivity of the issues for discussion."
"It was marked as a draft, as confidential and for discussion and, I thought, treated accordingly."
The legal and constitutional committee chair further said it is not her role to "insist on any single legal interpretation or position within the party, but to ensure that for the purpose of advising the party, I facilitate positions which are well grounded, discussed, and the subject of as great a consensus as possible."