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JLP now preparing to elect top officers

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2013 | 12:24 PM

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Central Executive is now preparing to stage one of the most interesting elections for deputy leaders and other party officials today at its headquarters at Belmont Road, New Kingston.

The election follows the bruising November 10 leadership contest between Andrew Holness and Audley Shaw, which has left the party still scrambling to mend itself.

Among those seeking to retain and challenge for posts at today's polls will be JLP Chairman Robert Montague who is being challenged by key Holness supporter Derrick Smith, while Shaw supporter Joan Gordon-Webley will attempt to wrest the general secretary position from Dr Horace Chang.

Kamina Johnson-Smith will challenge Andre Franklin for the post of deputy chairman.

Six people are also vying for the four deputy general secretary positions. They are Holness backers Audley Gordon; Andrew Wheatley; Homer Davis; Richard Creary; and Shaw backers St Aubyn Bartlett and Michael Stern.

Incumbents Karl Samuda and Lelsie Campbell will be going up unopposed for the positions of treasurer and deputy treasurer, respectively.

James Robertson will be seeking to retain his position in spite of controversy surrounding his nomination. However, his fellow team Shaw supporter, Dr Christopher Tufton, whose nomination was also shrouded in controversy in a surprising move, quit as deputy leader on Friday.

There are concerns and accusations heading into today's meeting, with some members alleging that tactics were employed to prevent some persons from contesting for posts.

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