Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
Another stand-off looms in the fractious Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) - this time over yet-to-be-completed delegates' list to be used in the leadership election between the incumbent, Andrew Holness, and challenger, Audley Shaw.
Shaw warned late last week ahead of his campaign launch that unless the delegates' list was completed and agreed on, he would not be signing off on the code of conduct that has been fashioned by the JLP's Electoral Commission to monitor the campaign.
Last night, Olivia Grange released information ahead of the weekly meeting of the Standing Committee that the code of conduct would signed. However, Shaw hit back immediately, declaring that he would not be a signatory to the code until the delegates' list was settled.
Shaw referred to a letter to JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang and chairman of the Electoral Commission, George Soutar.
He expressed concern that after several weeks of the closure of the deadline for the submission of the lists and the ruling of the Standing Committee as to its treatment, the General Secretary was still entertaining discussions on lists in some constituencies for which only historical ones should be used, but for which others have mysteriously turned up.
He said he was awaiting the outcome of Wednesday's promised meeting for the settlement of all remaining lists consistent with the Standing Committee's decision before he signs the code of conduct.
Shaw contends that the delay raises issues of the integrity of the process of developing the list, which would itself violate the spirit of the code of conduct.
The voters' list was at the centre of a charge by Shaw last week, when he resisted an alleged attempt by Holness to bring forward the date of the conference into October.
Chang told The Gleaner that approximately 5,600 delegates were expected to be listed to elect the leader of the JLP at the party's annual conference, tentatively set for November 10.