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Holness signs code of conduct, Shaw stays away

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor – Radio



The signing of the Jamaica Labour Party's Code of Conduct to govern the upcoming internal elections went ahead last night but only one of the two candidates participated.




Party Leader, Andrew Holness signed the document at last night’s Standing Committee meeting, while his contender, Audley Shaw, stayed away.



Shaw had indicated earlier in the evening that he would not be present at the standing committee meeting.



Shaw has said he will not sign the Code of Conduct until a final delegates list is provided.



He claims the General Secretary, Horace Chang, is still entertaining discussions about lists in some constituencies.



And he 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.



Shaw says as a result he is awaiting the outcome of Wednesday's promised meeting for the settlement of all remaining lists before he signs the Code of Conduct.



However, the Election Commission of the JLP says the list cannot be finalised earlier than 30 days before the date of the conference.



And with the conference expected to take place on November 10, October 10 is the earliest likely date on which the list will be finalised.



The commissioners also say they find Shaw’s position unacceptable as signing of the code is an issue separate from that of the voters' list.



They say they expect that Shaw will sign at the earliest possible time.



The commissioners note that the signing of the document by both candidates is expected to send a signal to the candidates' teams that they are each prepared to abide by the Code of Conduct.



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