Audley Shaw has accused his own Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) of not accepting the party's Legal and Constitutional Committee's recommendation that all delegates in all constituencies be accredited with their up-to-date entitlements of delegates and that there should be a 14-day extension of the registration deadline.
"The Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Jamaica Labour Party came out and made a specific recommendation, and what they have done is to have a watered-down situation for convenience …," he charged.
Shaw accused the leadership of the party of arbitrarily insisting on using the May 31, 2013, deadline although the constitution only recognises the March registration.
Declaring that such a move by the party was an exercise of convenience, Shaw said that the constituencies of party leader Andrew Holness, General Secretary Dr Horace Chang, and Olivia Babsy Grange, among others, would all not qualify and would have to go on the historical list.
Shaw dismissed suggestions that there was precedence for the decision to extend the initial March 31 deadline. "The constitution is very strict on this provision and it makes no allowances for extensions," argued Shaw.
"And the other 24 constituencies, one of which is mine, they are saying you can't make any changes, you going to have to use the old list," he said. "What that means is that those 24 constituencies, if there are any delegates on it that are dead, or removed, those persons would not be removed."
Chang had earlier indicated that his team would be meeting with constituency executives in the days ahead to remove such persons from the list. However, Shaw said he was not aware of such a decision. "That is left to be seen. It is unfortunate that we have to be getting this information from a press conference rather than an internal memoranda system that ought properly to be going out to the leaders of constituencies," he said.
Shaw's camp complained that there are no historical lists for nine constituencies. "Their combined hundreds of delegates are going to be deprived of the right to vote," said one member. "Mr Holness, in a barefaced way, has defied the recommendations of his own committee, appointed by him, in the same way he has suppressed the report of the strategic review committee.