Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
With Audley Shaw formally announcing his intention to challenge Andrew Holness for the top position in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the leadership of the party's young-professional affiliate, Generation 2000 (G2K), has moved to distance itself from public campaigning for either of the candidates.
President of G2K, Floyd Green, told The Gleaner that a platform will be established in the organisation to accommodate the candidates.
"We will organise an opportunity for both candidates to host frank discussions with our delegates," said Green.
"We expect that the JLP will closely manage the internal election process so that it is conducted in a spirit of respect and in a bid to ensure that at the end of the process the party emerges as an even stronger force," he added.
Former leaders back Shaw
Two former G2K presidents, Warren Newby and Delano Seiveright, have declared support for Shaw.
While Green acknowledged that he will not be able to dictate who members support, he appears adamant that G2K members should not be embroiled in conflicts on the campaign trail.
The Gleaner obtained a copy of an email that Green sent to G2K members in which he urged moderation in the expressions of support for either candidate.
He stressed that Holness remains the leader of the JLP unless the delegates decide differently.
"All functions to which he would normally be invited and asked to present remain the same and the courtesies should be extended, regardless of the pending election," said Green.
Members, he said, should not be attired in G2K-branded clothing while attending campaign functions.
Green stressed that members of the G2K Central Committee and the management team must be cognisant that it is increasingly more difficult to separate their position from that of the organisation or chapter.
He, therefore, urged members to be extra careful in ensuring that it is communicated that the views expressed are theirs and not of the organisation or its chapters.