Rush on to register JLP delegates
The Electoral Office Jamaica will not administer a leadership election in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) unless the Voters’ List is agreed by all parties.
This has been disclosed by Tom Tavares Finson, who is a member of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica as well as the JLP’s electoral committee established by the Standing Committee of the party to oversee the smooth running of the processes leading up to a leadership election.
Tavares Finson says both the party leader Andrew Holness and deputy leader Audley Shaw’s camps will be required to give their approval of the Voters List which will is scheduled to be finalized by Friday.
Meanwhile, there’s now a last-minute rush to have JLP constituency committees registered following the granting of a reprieve by the party’s Standing Committee.
It recently came to light that 25 of the 63 constituencies across the island missed the deadline to register delegates.
This would see about 25,000 delegates being barred from voting in the elections at the upcoming annual conference.
But last night the Standing Committee disclosed that it had worked out a compromise to prevent disenfranchising legitimate delegates.
Information out of the JLP Secretariat is that the move was intended to strike a balance between the party's desire for delegates participation with the need to rebuild and protect its institutions, including the enforcement of the Constitution and its rules.
The JLP secretariat has also released a list to the media confirming that Shaw was one of 24 caretakers who had failed to register a constituency committee under Section 19 of the party secretariat.
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