JLP leadership debate banned
Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
There is unlikely to a public debate between Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness and challenger Audley Shaw.
The party's electoral commission announced today that it has banned any such confrontation within the glare of the media.
"The JLP's Electoral Commission has decided that any media face to face; face-off confrontation format between the Shaw team and the Holness team or their supporters are prohibited in this election campaign.”
The announcement came only two days after Shaw publicly challenged Holness to a public debate.
Since then, members of both camps have advanced arguments in favour of and against such a debate.
But the Electoral Commission that was established by the JLP's Standing Committee to monitor the conduct of campaign activities said the pronouncements by members of both teams through the media were becoming contentious.
In a letter to both Shaw and Holness, today the three-member Commission made specific reference to a television programme involving Gregory Mair from the Shaw team and Derrick Smith from the Holness camp.
The letter further stated that with the media being inundated with commentaries and statements, some disrespectful, it was timely for every one to be reminded that the JLP is engaged in an internal election to elect its leader, a process that involves approximately 5,000 delegates.
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