ONLY A day after Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leadership aspirant Audley Shaw affixed his signature to the code of conduct for the holding of internal elections, the party's Election Commission unveiled a raft of stipulations that should be observed for the November 10 polls at its annual conference.
Tom Tavares-Finson, a member of the commission, confirmed yesterday that Shaw signed the document on Tuesday.
Shaw relented in the aftermath of the completion of the delegates' list last weekend.
This paved the way for the commission to issue its orders for the elections, which are due in three weeks.
While JLP leader Andrew Holness signed the document weeks ago, Shaw refused to budge until the delegates' list was finally completed, amid roars of protests and painstaking scrutiny.
The commission said that all public statements by any candidate, agent or any team member aimed at campaigning for the November 10 poll, including - but not limited to - any oral or written advertisements in any form and by any medium must cease five days before the taking of the poll.
This means that all campaigning by the two camps must cease as of midnight November 4, 2013.
Additionally, the commission warns that campaigning, including - but not limited to - meetings, marches, and tours, must cease 24 hours before the poll, that is by midnight on November 8.
NO CAMPAIGN GEAR
The wearing of clothing and other symbols or emblems that align delegates to either of the candidates will not be allowed into the conference. These include T-shirts or other clothing, badges, buttons, or hats which identify any candidate, member of parliament or constituency representative by image, likeness, or writing.
The George Soutar-led three-member commission asserts that these decisions were taken in the best interest of the JLP and were designed to reduce tension, preserve party unity and, above all, to ensure that every delegate of the JLP would be able to cast their vote in an election that is free and fair.