Constitution of the Jamaica Labour Party

PREFACE TO REVISED CONSTITUTION
1990 EDITION

Every social organisation which functioning is in a state of constant change. Likewise, a political organisation. The Party’s Constitution seeks nothing more than to reflect the Party’s organic whole. The Party is a dynamic equilibrium moving through time. In times of rapid change, such change will manifest itself in more frequent amendments to the Constitution. If this were not so, the organization would become fettered and hamstrung; or, otherwise, operate outside the ambit of its constitutional framework.

This edition of the Constitution sees a shift in the base organization of the Party to the Polling Division Agent. The position of Caretaker has been give official recognition and the planning and organizing by the Members of Parliament and Caretakers have been institutionalized, with the establishment of the National Committee. For the first time, also, the Party gives recognition to the creation of the Jamaica Freedom League.

The Prefaces of the previous editions of the Party’s Constitution are of historical interest and should be included in each reprint, as a matter of record. The opportunity has been taken in this edition to rearrange certain sections and to give more headings which, it is hoped, make for a more orderly presentation.


PREFACE TO REVISED CONSTITUTION
1993 EDITION

The 1992 and 1993 amendments to the Constitution reflect the effort of the Party to ensure uniform approaches to the organisation and operation of the Party in each Constituency.

In addition, specific methods of reporting on Party activities have now become a Constitutional obligation.

There are, also, requirements for registration of various Party personnel. These impose a responsibility on leadership at all levels, to carry out their duties in a specific and precise manner, and thereby improve the efficiency of the Party organization.

The Party rank and file have been given a greater say in decision-making specifically in relation to the selection of Candidates for the Party, where they have a direct and major influence.

PREFACE TO REVISED CONSTITUTION
2000 EDITION

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1

 

RULES

A. PARTY STRUCTURE 2-4
B. ALL-ISLAND GENERAL COUNCIL 5-6
C. OFFICERS OF THE PARTY 6-9
D. FINANCIAL STATEMENT 10
E. CENTRAL EXECUTIVE 10-13
F. NATIONAL COMMITTEES 13-15
G. STANDING COMMITTEE 15-16
H. OPERATIONS COUNCIL 16-17
I. PAYMENT OF FEES 17
J. AREA COUNCIL 17-19
K. CONSTITUENCY COMMITTEE 19-21
L. DIVISIONAL COMMITTEE 24-25
M. SELECTION OF CANDIDATES 25-29
N. REGISTRATION 29-30
O. BRANCHES 31-38
P. MEMBERSHIP 38-41
Q. DISCIPLINE 41
R. AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION 42

REGULATIONS

1. POLLING DIVISION COMMITTEES 43
2.DELEGATES TO ALL-ISLAND GENERAL COUNCIL 43-45
3. SELECTION MEETINGS 45
4. AREA COUNCILS 46
5. FEES 47-48
6. NOMINATIONS 48-49
7. RESOLUTIONS 49
8. DEPUTY LEADERS 49-50
9. REPORTS 50
10. AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS 51
11. CONSTITUENCY COORDINATOR 51-52

 

CONSTITUTION Of THE JAMAICA LABOUR PARTY
(2000 Edition)

The name of the Organization shall be “THE JAMAICA LABOUR PARTY”.


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the Party shall be:-

1.To foster the principles of true democracy.

2.To provide equal opportunities for all the people of Jamaica.

3.To develop the economic resources of Jamaica and to accomplish this by encouraging individual ownership and initiative subject to regulation and control by Government when necessary for the common good of all the people of the country.
4.To promote and protect the economic and social welfare of all and to foster co-operation among all the people, regardless of colour, race or creed.

5.To instill in the hearts of the people, reverence for God, and respect for lawfully constituted authority.

6.To ensure ad protect the constitutional and fundamental human rights of each individual.

7.To provide good governance for the people of Jamaica.

8.To ensure the protection of the environment.


RULES AND REGULATIONS

RU L E S

A. PARTY STRUCTURE

RULE 1

(a)The Jamaica Labour Party shall have territorial divisions as are set out by the appropriate authority for elections to the House of Representatives, to Parish Councils and to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation. These divisions shall be hereinafter referred to as Constituencies and Divisions.

(b)Any Direct Member of the Jamaica Labour Party in good standing may apply to the Central Executive to be appointed as Caretaker for any Constituency or Division.

(c)Every Constituency shall be represented by a Caretaker who shall be appointed by the Central Executive. The Caretaker of the Constituency shall be responsible to the Party for the administration and political organization of the Constituency.
PROVIDED that where there is a vacancy in the post of Caretaker of a Constituency, the Central Executive shall have the power to appoint a Constituency Coordinator to be responsible to the Party for the administration and political organization of the Constituency.

(d)Every Division shall be represented by a Caretaker who shall be appointed by the Central Executive. The Caretaker of the Division shall be responsible through the Constituency Caretaker or Constituency Coordinator, to the Party for the administration and political organization of the Division.

PROVIDED that where there is a vacancy in the post of Caretaker of a Division, the Central Executive shall have the power to appoint a Divisional Coordinator to be responsible through the Constituency Caretaker, to the Party for the administration and political organization of the Division.

(e)The Central Executive shall have the power to revoke the appointment of any person as Caretaker for any Constituency or Division.

(f)So soon as a Candidate has been approved for any Constituency or Division, that person shall be the Caretaker of the Constituency or Division.

(g)Every Constituency shall be divided into Polling Divisions as set out by the appropriate authority for election purposes. Each Polling Division in the Constituency shall be represented by a Captain who shall be appointed annually by the General Secretary, after consultation with the Caretaker, the Constituency Executive and the Area Council. The Polling Division Captain shall be responsible to the Caretaker of the Constituency for the administration and political organization of the Polling Division.

(h)Every Polling Division shall have a Polling Division Committee whose members shall be appointed annually by the General Secretary, after consultation with the Caretaker, the Constituency Executive and the Area Council and shall be determined by the procedure set out in regulations to this Constitution. The Captain of the Polling Division shall be Chairman of the Polling Division Committee which shall be responsible for the administration and political organization of the Polling Division.

(i)Each Constituency shall be organized on the basis of convenient geographic areas termed a ‘Zone”, and the Constituency Caretaker shall appoint a Supervisor for each Zone.
PROVIDED however that the number of Zones shall not be less than ten nor more than thirty.

(j)The Caretaker shall appoint a Scrutineer for the Jamaica Labour Party in each Polling Division of the Constituency.

(k)The Scrutineer shall be a member of the Polling Division Committee and shall have the authority and functions vested in him or her under the Electoral Laws of Jamaica.

(l)The Constituencies of the Island shall be grouped into regional areas as set out in the Regulations to this Constitution. Each regional area shall have an Area Council which shall be responsible to the Party for coordinating and monitoring the administration and political organization of those Constituencies within its regional area.

RULE 2

The Party shall consist of:
(a)All-Island General Council
(b)Central Executive
(c)Standing Committee
(d)Operations Council
(e)Area Councils
(f)Constituency Committees
(g)Divisional Committees
(h)Branches
(i)Polling Division Committees
(j)Direct Members

B. ALL-ISLAND GENERAL COUNCIL

RULE 3

(1)The All-Island General Council shall convene annually in the month of July or at such other convenient time as the Central Executive shall determine.

(2)Special meetings of the All-Island General Council may be convened at such times as the Central Executive shall determine provided that a minimum of twenty-eight (28) days notice shall be given of such meetings.

(3)Members of the All-Island General Council shall be:

(a)Lady Bustamante; who shall be entitled to membership on all committees and in all organizations of the Party.

(b)Members of the Central Executive of the Party.

(c)Members of Area Councils.

(d)Delegates from each Constituency as determined by the procedure set out in the Regulations to this Constitution.

PROVIDED that a Constituency shall not earn the right to have Delegates accredited to the All-Island General Council Meeting, if the Constituency has not complied with the administrative ad organizational requirements of Constituencies, as set out in the Regulations.

(e)Delegate(s) from each registered branch, selected on the basis of one delegate for each fifty (50) financial members of registered Branches.

PROVIDED that Branches must be registered at least six months prior to the meeting of the All-Island General Council.

(f)One Hundred (100) delegates from the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

(g)Forty (40) delegates from each organization affiliated to the Jamaica Labour Party, which are deemed in the Regulations to be island-wide organizations, and twenty (20) delegates from each of the other affiliate organizations.
PROVIDED that, for the island-wide organizations, the delegates shall be selected equally from each Area Council, subject to there being functioning organizations in each Area Council.

(4)The quorum of the All-Island General Council shall be Five Hundred (500) delegates entitled to vote.

(5)For the purposes of voting at meetings of the All-Island General Council, delegates selected pursuant to Rule 6(1) (c), 6(1)(f) and 6(1)(g); shall be deemed to be representatives of the areas in which they are registered voters, or, they are not registered voters, the areas in which they reside.

C. OFFICERS OF THE PARTY

RULE 4

(a)The Officers of the Party shall be:
Leader
Four (4) Deputy Leaders
Chairman
Deputy Chairman
General Secretary
Four (4) Deputy General Secretaries
Treasurer
Deputy Treasurer
Five (5) Trustees

(b)
(i) The Leader of the Party shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council and the Deputy Leaders shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council or at each Area Council, if so determined by the Central Executive.
PROVIDED that if Deputy Leaders are elected at Area Council, the Election shall be reported to the All-Island General Council Meeting for confirmation.
PROVIDED that no person shall be eligible for the post of Leader or Deputy leader who has not been a member of the Central Executive during the previous year.

(ii) For the purpose of the election of Deputy Leaders, only one (1) Deputy Leader shall be elected by the delegates from the area comprised by each Area Council.

(ii)The Officers and Members of the Central Executive elected at the Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council shall hold office from that Annual General Meeting to the next.

(iii)The Leader and Deputy Leaders shall hold office from that Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council to the next.

(c)
(i)The following Officers shall be elected by the Central Executive at its first meeting after the Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council:

Chairman
Deputy Chairman
General Secretary
Four (4) Deputy General Secretaries
Treasurer
Deputy Treasurer
Five (5) Trustees
(ii)Nomination of persons to be elected as Officers of the Party at a meeting of the All-Island General Council, shall be sent to the General Secretary on the prescribed form, at least thirty (30) days before the meeting, and no other nominations shall be entertained.
PROVIDED that nominations may be permitted by the All-Island General Council, in the event of the death or withdrawal of a nominee.

(iii)Nomination of persons to be elected as Officers of the Party at a meeting of the Central Executive, shall be sent to the General Secretary on the prescribed forms at least seven (7) days before the meeting and no other nominations shall be entertained.
PROVIDED that nominations may be permitted by the Central Executive, in the event of the death or withdrawal of a nominee.

(iv)The Officers elected by the Central Executive at its first meeting after the Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council shall hold office until the first meeting after the next succeeding Annual General Meeting.

(d)In the event that the post of Leader of the Party becomes vacant, the Central Executive shall, within twenty-one (21) days of the vacancy being created, give notice to convene a Special Meeting of the All-Island General Council, to fill the vacancy.

(e)In the event that the post of Deputy Leader of the Party becomes vacant, and there is more than one-half of the term of office remaining, the Central Executive shall, within twenty-one (21) days of the vacancy being created, give notice to convene a Special Meeting of the delegates for that Area Council, to fill the vacancy.

PROVIDED however, that where there is less than one-half of the term of office remaining, the Central Executive shall be empowered to appoint a Member to act for the remainder of the term of office.

(f) In the event that the post of any Officer of the Party who is elected by the Central Executive, becomes vacant, and there is more than one-half of the term of office remaining, the Central Executive shall at its next meeting, elect a person to fill that vacancy, and any other vacancy created by the filling of that vacancy.

PROVIDED that where there is less than one-half of the term of office remaining, the Central Executive shall be empowered to appoint a person to act for the remainder of the term of office.

(g) In the event that the post of any other member of the Central Executive or Standing Committee becomes vacant, the Central Executive or Standing Committee shall be empowered to fill that vacancy, in like manner to how that office was established.

(h) The Chairman or in his absence the Deputy Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the All-Island General Council, the Central Executive and the Standing Committee.

D. FINANCIAL STATEMENT

RULE 5

There shall be prepared by the Treasurer a financial statement of the past year to be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council.

E. CENTRAL EXECUTIVE

RULE 6

(1) The Central Executive of the Party shall consist of:

(ii.a)The Officers of the Party.

(ii.b)Members of the House of Representatives who are members of the Party.

(ii.c)Members of the Senate who are members of the Party.

(1.a)Chairmen of registered Constituency Committees.

(1.b)The Chairman and three (3) other members elected by each Area Council.

(1.c)Fifteen (15) representatives nominated by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

(1.d)Three (3) representatives nominated by each other organization affiliated to the Party.

(1.e)Three (3) persons elected by the Jamaica Labour Party Councillors in

i.the K.S.A.C.
ii.each Parish Council in Jamaica.

The three (3) representatives shall be elected at a properly convened meeting of the elected Councillors and the Deputy Leader shall certify the election.

Where there are not sufficient elected Councillors, or where there are none at all the Councillor Caretakers of the Party shall elect such of their number as is required to fulfill the representation to Central Executive, such election to be certified by the Deputy Leader.

(2)The Central Executive shall have power to co-opt additional members not exceeding ten (10) persons.

(3)At meetings of the Central Executive, fifteen (15) members shall form a quorum.

(4)The Central Executive shall meet within one (1) month after the Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council and thereafter once per quarter.

(5)The Central Executive shall have the power to appoint such special or sub-committees as it deems fit.

(6)The Central Executive shall have the power to appoint Organizers of the Party which position may be an office of emolument, the salary of which shall be a charge on the funds of the Party.

(7)The Central Executive shall be empowered to employ and dismiss all persons as may be necessary for the proper functioning of the Party and shall fix their remuneration.

(8)The Central Executive shall approve the Party’s Candidates for Central and Local Government Elections.

(9)The Central Executive shall have the power to undertake and manage all matters pertaining to the Party, and shall have final disciplinary powers over all members of the Party.

(10)The Central Executive shall appoint an Auditor, who is not a member of the Executive, to audit the accounts of the Party annually.

(11)The Central Executive shall have the power to order that the books of any Area Council, Constituency Committee, Branch or Polling Division Committee be audited annually.

(12)The Central Executive shall have an account or accounts in any recognized Commercial Bank in the Island in the name of the Jamaica Labour Party, and all funds collected shall be paid into these accounts. Withdrawals shall be on the signature of the Treasurer, or such person who acts as Treasurer, and countersigned by the Leader or the Chairman.
PROVIDED that in case any of the above-named officers for any reason is unable to sign or countersign, the person who has been appointed to act in his place shall sign or counter-sign, and if there are no such persons appointed to act, then the Officer next in status to the substantive holder of the office shall sign or countersign.

(13)The Central Executive shall make rules governing the procedure for elections and voting at the Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council which shall be published in the Regulations attached to this Constitution. The Regulations shall be a part of this Constitution but may be altered by a simple majority of the Central Executive.

The Central Executive shall, by a simple majority, be empowered to amend the Regulations attached to this Constitution, which amended Regulations shall form a part of the Constitution.

(14)Each member of the House of Representatives or Senate shall pay a monthly subscription in accordance with the decision of the Central Executive, and should any Member be in arrears with his subscription for a period of more than three (3) months, such Member may be expelled from the Party.

(15)The Central Executive shall have the power to authorize such form of organization of the Party elsewhere than in Jamaica, as the Central Executive shall deem fit.

F. NATIONAL COMMITTEES

RULE 7

(1) There shall be the following National Committees:

(1)Finance Committee
(2)Parliamentary Committee
(3)Joint JLP/BITU Committee
(4)Disciplinary Committee
(5)Disputes Resolution Committee
(6)Organization Committee
(7)Policy and Strategy Committee
(8)Legal and Constitutional Committee
(9)Public Relations Committee
(10)Property and Equipment Committee
(11)Campaign Committee
(12)Membership Committee
(13)Welfare and Protocol Committee
(14)Electoral Committee
(15)Selection Committee
(16)International Relations Committee
(17)Shadow Cabinet

(2)The Treasurer or his Deputy shall be Chairman of the Finance Committee.

(3) The Parliamentary Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party members in the House of Representatives shall be Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee, which shall consist of Members of the House of Representatives and Senators who are members of the Party.
(4)The Chairman of the Joint JLP/BITU Committee shall be appointed by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

(5)The Selection Committee shall consist of:-

a.i.iii.a) The Officers of the Party;

a.i.iii.b) The Chairmen of the Organization and Campaign Committees; and

a.i.iii.c)The Chairmen of Area Councils, when the Constituency or Division being considered, falls within that Area Council.

(6)
(i) The Selection Committee shall interview all persons who apply to be Caretaker of any Constituency or Division, and make recommendations to the Central Executive.
PROVIDED that the Selection Committee may delegate to an Area Council Executive the authority to interview applicants for Caretaker of a Division and to report to the Selection Committee.

(ii) The Selection Committee shall consider all applications within sixty (60) days of the receipt of the application.

(iii) The Selection Committee in considering an application shall be entitled to take into account the matters set out in Rule 18 (5).

(7) The Leader, Deputy Leaders, Chairman and General Secretary shall be ex-officio members if all Committees, and bodies provided for in the Party’s Constitution.
(8)The Chairman and Members of all other National Committees shall be nominated by the Officers of the Party and shall be subject to ratification by the Central Executive.

(9)Each National Committee shall have power to co-opt and shall submit a report to all regular meetings of the Central Executive.

(10)The Disputes Resolution Committee shall have the power to set up sub-Committees in each Area Council.

G. STANDING COMMITTEE

RULE 8

(1)There shall be a Standing Committee of the Central Executive which shall consist of:

(a)Officers of the Party
(b)Chairmen of National Committees
(c)Ten (10) members elected annually by the Central Executive.
(d)Area Council Chairmen
(e)Five (5) members nominated by the Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, who shall have full voting rights

(2)The Standing Committee shall act for the Central Executive and shall meet as required.

(3)The Standing Committee shall report to all meetings of the Central Executive.

(4)The Standing Committee shall assign individual duties for areas of Party responsibility.

(5)The Standing Committee shall as of right, be entitled to co-opt ten (10) members, and may be able to co-opt other members only with the approval of the Central Executive.

(6)The quorum of the Standing Committee shall be eight (8) members.

H. OPERATIONS COUNCIL

RULE 9

(1)There shall be an Operations Council of the Party which shall consist of:

a)The Leader and Deputy Leaders;
b)The Chairman and Deputy Chairman;
c)The General Secretary and Deputy General Secretaries;
d)The Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer.
(2)The Operations Council shall have power to co-opt members.

The Operations Council shall:
(a)analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the organizational and operational efforts of all elements of the Party, and provide guidance on each area of activity.

(b)Analyze and evaluate the performance of the Constituency and Divisional Caretakers.

(3)The Operations Council shall be empowered to require Party personnel to attend meetings of the Council, to give such information as may be required.

(4)The Operations Council shall meet at least twice per month.

(5)The quorum of the Operations Council shall be five (5) members.

I. PAYMENT OF FEES

RULE 10

(1)Members of Parliament, Senators, Constituency Caretakers, Councillors and Divisional Caretakers shall pay annually fees as prescribed.

(2)The General Secretary shall report to each meeting of the Central Executive, the names of all persons who have not paid the prescribed membership fees.

Any member of the Central Executive or any Divisional Caretaker who is in arrears in payment of Membership Fees for more than thirty (30) days shall not be entitled to attend a meeting of the Central Executive, Standing Committee or All-Island General Council.

J. AREA COUNCIL

RULE 11
(1)Each Area Council shall consist of:

a)The Caretaker for each Constituency within the area.

b)The Caretaker for each Division within the area.

c)Ten (10) members nominated by the BITU.

d)One (1) representative from each Constituency within the area for each other organization affiliated to the Party.

PROVIDED that there is a functioning affiliate organization in the Constituency.

e)Three (3) additional members nominated by each registered Constituency Committee within the area.

(2)Each Area Council shall meet once per month.

(3)Each Area Council shall elect the following officers annually:

Chairman
Vice Chairman
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Treasurer

Who together with the Caretakers for the Constituencies within the area shall form the Executive of the Area Council.
(4)At the meeting of the Area Council, fifteen (15) members shall form a quorum.

(5)Each Area Council shall elect annually three (3) representatives who, along with the Chairman, shall be members of the Central Executive.

(6)Each Area Council shall report to all regular meetings of the Central Executive.

(7)Each Area Council shall be registered with the General Secretary of the Party annually, during the month of March. The registration of an Area Council shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

K. CONSTITUENCY COMMITTEE

RULE 12
(1)Each Constituency shall have a Constituency Committee, which shall consist of the following:

(a)The Captain for each Polling Division within the Constituency.

(b)Three (3) Representatives selected by each registered Branch within the Constituency.

(c)The Chairman of each Divisional Committee within the Constituency.

(d)Three (3) Representatives from each organization in the Constituency affiliated to the Party.

(e)The Zone Supervisors appointed for the Constituency.

(2)Each Constituency Committee shall be entitled to co-opt not more than twenty (20) members, with such members having voting rights.

(3)The Constituency Committee shall meet not less than once per year.

(4)The Constituency Committee shall elect annually the following officers:-
Vice Chairman
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Treasurer
(5)The Caretaker of the Constituency shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Constituency Committee.

(6)The Constituency Committee shall elect ten (10) of its members who, together with the officers, and the Zone Supervisors shall comprise the Constituency Executive.

(7)The Chairman of each Divisional Committee shall be an ex-officio member of the Constituency Executive.

(8)The quorum of the meetings of the Constituency Executive shall be twelve (12) members entitled to vote.

(9)The Constituency Committee shall at each regular meeting receive a report of the Party’s activities in the Constituency.

(10)The quorum of the meetings of the Constituency Committee shall be fifteen (15) members entitled to vote.

(11)The Constituency Committee shall have the authority to collect, raise and solicit funds, such funds to be turned over to the Treasurer of the Party immediately, save and except special funds from functions held for the furtherance and support of the Party’s work in the Constituency.

(12)The Constituency Committee shall have the power to make representation to the proper authorities on behalf of the Branches.

(13)The Constituency Committee shall have the power to form Branches of the Jamaica Labour Party in the Constituency over which it has jurisdiction.

(14)The Constituency Committee shall have disciplinary powers over all Branches in the Constituency, and shall have power to hold an enquiry into any allegation against any Branch or any member of the Branch. The Constituency Committee shall thereafter forward a report to the Central Executive of the Party along with their recommendations.

(15)The Constituency Executive shall meet at least once per month.

(16)The Constituency Executive shall give the Central Executive of the Jamaica Labour Party any information required concerning the functioning of the Party in the Constituency.

The funds of the Constituency Committee shall be audited at least once per year by a person appointed by the Central Executive.

CHAIRMAN
RULE 13
(1)The Chairman of the Constituency Committee when present shall preside over all meetings of the Constituency Executive.

(2)The Chairman of the Constituency Committee shall assign such duties as he may deem fit to the Vice Chairman.

(3)The Chairman of the Constituency Committee shall direct the affairs of the Constituency Executive.

(4)The Chairman of the Constituency Committee shall cause the Treasurer to prepare a Financial Statement of the Constituency Committee and present it to a Meeting of the Constituency Executive not less than once per year.

VICE CHAIRMAN
RULE 14
(1)The Vice Chairman of the Constituency Committee shall perform such duties as are to him by the Chairman.

The Vice Chairman of the Constituency Committee shall act for and perform the duties of the Chairman in the absence of the Chairman.

SECRETARY
RULE 15
(1)The Secretary of the Constituency Committee shall perform the secretarial work of the Constituency Committee.

(2)The Secretary of the Constituency Committee shall send a copy of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Constituency Committee to the Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party.

(3)The Secretary of the Constituency Committee shall receive and give an account of all cash collected on behalf of the Constituency Committee and shall turn over all cash to the Treasurer who shall in turn forward to the Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party such amounts as may be prescribed by the Central Executive.

TREASURER
RULE 16
(1)The Treasurer of the Constituency Committee shall receive all cash tendered to him by the Secretary.

(2)Notwithstanding Rule 16(1) the Treasurer of the Constituency Executive may keep in hand a limited amount of cash for the purpose of defraying the current expenses of the Constituency Committee, the amount to be decided by the Constituency Executive.

(3)The Treasurer of the Constituency Committee shall keep proper accounts of receipts and disbursements of the Constituency Executive.

(4)The Treasurer of the Constituency Committee shall prepare a Financial Statement of the Executive to be read at the Annual General Meeting.

(5)The Chairman and/or Treasurer and/or Secretary of the Constituency Committee shall have the right to audit all Branch accounts of the Constituency.

L. DIVISIONAL COMMITTEE

RULE 17
(1)Each Division shall have a Divisional Committee which shall consist of the following:-

(a.a)Captain for each Polling Division.

(a.b)Three (3) Representatives selected by each registered Branch within the Division.

(a.c)One (1) Representative from each Organization in the Constituency affiliated to the Party.

(2)Each Divisional Committee shall be entitled to co-opt not more than ten (10) members, with such members having voting rights.

(3)The Divisional Committee shall meet not less than once every six (6) months.

(4)The Divisional Committee shall elect annually the following officers:-
Vice Chairman
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Treasurer
(5)The Caretaker for the Division shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Divisional Committee.

(6)The Divisional Committee shall elect five (5) of its members who, together with the officers, shall comprise the Divisional Executive.

(7)The quorum of the meetings of the Divisional Executive shall be seven (7) members entitled to vote.

(8)The Divisional Committee shall submit a report to each regular meeting of the Constituency Executive.
(9)The quorum of the meetings of the Divisional Committee shall be fifteen (15) members entitled to vote.

M. SELECTION OF CANDIDATES

RULE 18
(1)Any Direct Member of the Jamaica Labour Party in good standing may apply to be considered for selection as the Candidate for any Constituency or Division.

(2)Any person applying to be considered for selection by a Constituency or Division as the Candidate, is required to submit an application in writing to the General Secretary and such application shall be supported:-

(a) in the case of a Constituency, by the signatures of a minimum of thirty percent (30%) of the number of persons required to be registered with the Party pursuant to Rules 19(a) and 19(c).
(b) in the case of a Division, by the signatures of a minimum of thirty percent (30%) of the number
of persons required to be registered with the Party pursuant to Rules 19(b) and 19(c).

(2)Upon receipt of an application under this Rule, the Selection Committee shall examine the application, and shall be entitled to accept or reject same.

(3)Any person whose application has been rejected by the Selection Committee may apply to the Central Executive for a review of that decision, and no Selection Meeting shall be held before the Central Executive makes a decision.

(4)The Selection Committee in considering any application, shall be entitled to take into account, inter alia, the following:-

(ii.a)the applicant’s prior involvement in political activity;

(ii.b)the applicant’s length of membership in the Party;

(ii.c)the applicant’s record of social and/or community service;

(ii.d)the applicant’s educational background

(ii.e)the applicant’s record of achievement in any vocation;
(ii.f)the financial integrity of the applicant;

(ii.g)the moral standing in society, of the applicant;

(ii.h)the reputation of the applicant for honesty and integrity.

(6)
(a) Where the Selection Committee has accepted more than one application for a Constituency or Division, and providing that there is a registered Constituency or Divisional Committee, it shall direct that a Selection Meeting be held for that Constituency or Division.

(b) Where there is no registered Constituency or Divisional Committee, the Central Executive shall name the Party’s Candidate for that Constituency or Division.

(7) Where a Selection Meeting is convened, then:-

(a)In respect of a Selection Meeting for Central Government elections the following persons shall be entitled to vote:-

(a.i)Members of the Constituency Committee.

(a.ii)Representatives from each Polling Division selected in accordance with the procedure set out in the Regulations to this Constitution.

(a.iii)Representatives selected by each Branch in the Constituency in accordance with the procedure set out in the Regulations to this Constitution.

(b)In respect of a Selection Meeting for Local Government elections the following persons shall be entitled to vote:-

(b.i)Members of the Constituency Executive.
(b.ii)Members of the Divisional Committee.
(b.iii)Representatives from each Polling Division selected in accordance with the procedure set out in the Regulations to this Constitution.
(b.iv)Representatives selected by each Branch in the Division in accordance with the procedure set out in the Regulations to this Constitution.
(8)
(a.i.1.a)Where any Candidate at a Selection Meeting obtains the votes of more than fifty percent (50%) of the delegates present and voting, that Candidate shall be duly selected.

(a.i.1.b)Where no Candidate obtains more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes, the Candidate obtaining the least votes shall withdraw until a Candidate obtains the votes of more than fifty percent (50%) of the delegates present and voting.

(2)The Central Executive shall have the power to direct the Selection Committee to review the procedure at a Selection Meeting to determine whether the procedure was fair and just, and to recommend to Central Executive what action shall be taken.

(3)No person shall be regarded as the Party’s Candidate until he is so named by the Central Executive.

(4)No person shall be eligible for selection as the Party’s Candidate who is not a member of the Party.

(5)No person shall be eligible for selection as the Party’s Candidate until he has signed a declaration of willingness to abide by the decision of the Selection Meeting and the Central Executive and shall have affirmed the Constitution and Rules of the Party.

(13) The Central Executive may refer for consideration by the Selection Committee, the performance and/or continued suitability of a Candidate for any Constituency or Division, taking into account, inter alia:-

(a)the performance of the Candidate in the political organization of the Constituency or Division;

(b)the Candidate’s participation in activities of the Party;

(c)the Candidate’s compliance in supplying any information relating to the Constituency or Division, requested by the Party;

(d)the Candidate’s upholding of the principles, objectives and policies of the Party;

(e)the criteria set out in Rule 18(5).

(14)Upon receipt of a recommendation from the Selection Committee, the Central Executive shall have the power to confirm or revoke the approval of a person as Candidate for any Constituency or Division.

N. REGISTRATION

RULE 19
(ii.a)Each Constituency Committee shall be registered annually with the General Secretary of the Party. The registration of a Constituency Committee shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

(18)Each Divisional Committee shall be registered annually with the General Secretary of the Party. The registration of a Divisional Committee shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

(19)Each Polling Division Committee shall be registered annually with the General Secretary of the Party. The registration of a Polling Division Committee shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

(20)The names and addresses of the Zone Supervisors for each Constituency along with the Zones for which they are responsible, shall be registered annually with the General Secretary of the Party.

(21)The registration of the above-named Committees as well as the registration of Polling Division Captains and Zone Supervisors and the registration of Branches shall be in writing and submitted through the Caretaker to the General Secretary, during the month of March of each year.

(22)Any change in the personnel of any of the above-named Committees or of Polling Division Captains or Branches shall be in writing and submitted through the Caretaker to the General Secretary, within thirty (30) days of such change being made, and shall be subject to approval by the General Secretary after consultation with the Area Council.

O. BRANCHES

RULE 20
(10)Each Constituency Committee shall have the power to appoint Branch Supervisors. Any such appointment shall be notified to the General Secretary of the Party.

(11)The Branch Supervisors shall inspect and audit the books of Branches and shall report on the general working of Branches to the Constituency Committee.

RULE 21
A Branch shall consist of ten (10) or more members.

INAUGURATION OF BRANCHES
RULE 22
Branches may be inaugurated by:-
(b)An appointee of the Central Executive or Area Council.

(c)The Caretaker for any Constituency or Division in which the Branch is inaugurated.

(d)The General Secretary, or any person specifically approved by the General Secretary for that purpose.

REGISTRATION OF BRANCHES
RULE 23
(i.1)All Branches of the Jamaica Labour Party shall register annually with the Central Executive through their Constituency Committee or the Caretaker or the General Secretary, at the Headquarters of the Jamaica Labour Party, and shall receive a Certificate of Registration from the General Secretary.

(i.2)Each Branch shall pay the prescribed fee which shall be forwarded to the General Secretary of the Party, not later than the 30th September.

MEMBERSHIP OF BRANCHES
RULE 24
Members of a Branch shall:-
(a)Be fifteen (15) years of age and over.

(b)Be proposed and seconded by a Financial member of the Branch.

(c)Be approved by a majority vote of the Branch.

(d)Pay the prescribed fee.

OFFICERS OF BRANCHES
RULE 25
(1)A Branch shall have the following officers:-

(a)Chairman
(b)Vice Chairman
(c)Secretary
(d)Assistant Secretary
(e)Treasurer

(2)The Officers of the Branch shall be elected from and by the members of the Branch at the Annual General Meeting, and shall hold office for one (1) year, or until their successors are elected.

(3)All Officers of the Branch shall be eligible for re-election.

CHAIRMAN – DUTIES
RULE 26
(a.i.2)The Chairman when present shall preside at all meetings of the Branch.

(a.i.3)The Chairman shall direct the affairs of the Branch in accordance with the rules of the Branch.

(a.i.4)The Chairman shall cause the Secretary to make monthly financial returns to the Secretary of the Constituency Committee, or in the absence of a Constituency Committee directly to the Central Executive of the Party.

(a.i.5)The Chairman shall cause the Treasurer to prepare a financial statement of the Branch to be read at the Annual General Meeting.

(a.i.6)The Chairman shall assign such duties as he may deem fit to the Vice Chairman.

(6)The Chairman shall ensure that a report is sent quarterly, to the Secretary of the Constituency Committee, on all aspects of the affairs of the Branch.

VICE CHAIRMAN – DUTIES
RULE 27
(1)The Vice Chairman shall carry out such duties as may be assigned to him by the Chairman.

(2)The Vice Chairman shall act for and perform the duties of the Chairman in the absence of the Chairman.
SECRETARY – DUTIES
RULE 28
(1)The Secretary shall be responsible for the secretarial work of the Branch except such as may be done by the Secretary of a special Committee.

(2)The Secretary shall receive all cash on behalf of the Branch.

(3)The Secretary shall enter in the book which must be provided for the purpose by the Branch, a true record of all cash received by him on behalf of the Branch. All such funds received by the Secretary shall be turned over by him to the Treasurer.

(4)The Secretary shall detail such proportion of the Secretarial work as he may deem fit to the Assistant Secretary.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY – DUTIES
RULE 29
(1)The Assistant Secretary shall assist the Secretary by doing such work as is detailed to him by the Secretary.

(2)The Assistant Secretary shall act for and perform the duties of the Secretary in the absence of the Secretary.

TREASURER – DUTIES
RULE 30
(1)The Treasurer shall receive all cash tendered to him by the Secretary.

(2)The Treasurer shall keep a Cash Book, entering therein all receipts and expenditure of cash by the Branch.

(3)The Treasurer shall, subject to Sub-Rule (6) hereunder, within five (5) days after receiving cash, lodge same in a Bank approved by the Branch to the credit of the Branch, and shall keep and be responsible for the Bank Pass Book.

(4)The Treasurer shall produce the Bank Book at each regular meeting of the Branch.

(5)All withdrawals from the Bank shall be signed by the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Branch.

(6)An amount of cash may be kept in hand by the Treasurer for the purpose of defraying current expenses of the Branch in an amount to be determined by the Executive of the Branch.
(6)The Treasurer shall not make any payment from the funds of the Branch except:-

(i) In accordance with Sub-Rule (5) above.

(ii) By authority of the Branch Executive.

(7)The Treasurer shall prepare an Annual Financial Statement which shall be read at the Annual General Meeting of the Branch.

BRANCH – EXECUTIVE
RULE 31
(1)Each Branch shall have an executive consisting of its Officers, and one (1) other member for every twenty (20) financial members of the Branch or fraction thereof, to be elected from and by the members of the Branch.
PROVIDED that no Branch shall have an Executive of more than twenty (20) persons.
(2)The Branch Executive shall hold office for one (1) year or until the election of a new Executive.

(3)The Branch Executive shall meet at least once per month, on a date and at a time to be fixed by the Branch Executive.

(4)The Executive shall have the power to act for and on behalf of the Branch and shall perform such duties as required by the Branch.

(5)The Executive shall have the right to relieve any member of the payment of his subscription, in the event of such member being unable to pay.
(6)The Executive of the Branch shall exercise disciplinary powers relating to the Branch members, but shall refer serious cases to the Constituency Committee or in the absence of a Constituency Committee to the Central Executive of the Party.

(7)The Constituency Committee shall have the power to act for and on behalf of the Branch in case of emergencies, and shall report to the Branch as soon as possible thereafter.

(8)The Constituency Committee may cancel the membership of a member of a Branch who fails to pay his monthly contribution for a period of six (6) consecutive months and has not been exempted from payment.

(9)Each Branch shall have its books audited annually.

(10)At meetings of the Branch Executive, fifty percent (50%) or five (5) members, whichever is less shall form a quorum.

(11)If it shall be alleged that any member of the Branch has acted in a manner prejudicial to the Branch and/or the Jamaica Labour Party, the Executive of the Branch shall hold an enquiry into the allegation and report the matter to the Constituency Committee, who may make further investigations, if necessary, and report the matter to the Central Executive with their recommendations.

(12)If a member is absent from regular Branch Meetings without reasonable excuse for a period of over six (6) months the Branch Executive may cancel his membership.

(13)Branches shall give information relating to their functioning or finances to theSupervisors appointed by the Constituency Committee or Central Executive.

(14)Each member of a Branch shall pay an entrance fee as may be prescribed by the Central Executive.

(15)Each member of a Branch shall pay such subscription as may be prescribed by the Central Executive.

(16)In the event that there is no Constituency Committee, the amounts due must be forwarded directly to the Central Executive.

P. MEMBERSHIP

RULE 32
Individuals may become Members of the Party by:-
(a)Joining a Branch

(b)Enrolling as a Direct Member

(c)Being elected a Life Member by the Central Executive.

(d)Being made an Honorary Member by the Central Executive.

DIRECT MEMBERSHIP
RULE 33
(1)
(a) Any person who is fifteen (15) years of age and over, may apply for Direct Membership to the General Secretary of the Party, and such
application shall be approved by the Central Executive.
(b)Any application for Direct Membership shall be signed by the applicant and two (2) members of the Central Executive.

(c)Where applications for Direct Membership originate outside of Jamaica the counter signature of two (2) members of the Central Executive may be waived.

(d)Direct Members shall pay the prescribed fee as established by the Central Executive.

(e)Direct Members shall be entitled to hold office in the Party.

(f)Direct Members shall have the right to attend annual general meetings of Constituency Committees, and meetings of the All-Island General Council but shall not have the right to vote at such meetings, unless as a delegate from the Constituency.
(g)An up-to-date list of Direct Members shall be kept by the Central Executive at Party Headquarters.

(2) The Central Executive shall have the power to terminate the membership of anyone who has been convicted by any Court of a criminal offence.

RULE 34
(1)The All-Island General Council may confer Life Membership of the Jamaica Labour Party on any person who in the opinion of the Council has earned this distinction and is a fit and proper person on whom the honour should be bestowed.

(2)The Central Executive may confer on any person, Honorary Membership of the Party; and

(15.a)An Honorary Member shall be a distinguished person who is not necessarily a citizen of Jamaica.

(15.b)The person or persons selected for this honour will be exempted from paying dues, and

(15.c)Cannot hold office within the Party.

AFFILIATED MEMBERS
RULE 35
16.a.1.a)Individuals may become affiliated members of the Party by joining a Branch or Club of an association recognized by the Central Executive as an affiliated organization and which has been so declared.

16.a.1.b)An up-to-date register of the Branches or Clubs and Officers of all affiliated organizations shall be kept by the Central Executive at Party Headquarters.

16.a.1.c)Each affiliated organization shall submit in writing to the General Secretary within thirty (30) days of their formation, and during the month of March of each year, the names of all Branches or Clubs and Officers of each branch or Club, as well as a copy of the Minutes of the meeting at which officers were elected.

16.a.1.d)The information submitted to the General Secretary by each affiliated organization in accordance with Rule 35(c) shall also be submitted at the same time to the Caretaker of the Constituency, in respect of Branches or Clubs, within that Constituency.

16.a.1.e)Each affiliated organization shall submit annually to the General Secretary the prescribed affiliation fee.

Q. DISCIPLINE

RULE 36
1)The Disciplinary Committee appointed by the Central Executive shall:-
2)Any Member of the Party who accepts nomination as a Candidate for Central or Local Government Elections, representing any other Party or as an Independent Candidate contesting against a Candidate of the Party, shall be liable to summary expulsion from the Party.

3)Any Member of the Party who having been elected a Member of Parliament or Councillor, shall either cross the floor or sit as an Independent, shall be liable to summary expulsion from the Party.

R. AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION

RULE 37
(1)The Rules set out in this Constitution may be amended by two-thirds (2/3) majority of members present and voting on a motion from the Central Executive or a Constituency Committee.
PROVIDED that notice of such motion shall be given to the General Secretary not less than six (6) weeks before the next meeting of the All-Island General Council.

(2)The Central Executive shall have the power to review annually, the fees and dues set out in the Regulations and to prescribe new fees and dues, as it sees fit.

(3)The Operations Manual of the Party shall form part of the Regulations to the Constitution and may be amended by the Central Executive from time to time.


REGULATIONS

1. POLLING DIVISION COMMITTEES
REGULATION 1
The number of members to be appointed to each Polling Divisional Committee shall be one (1) member for every twenty (20) registered voters in that Polling Division.

2. DELEGATES TO ALL-ISLAND GENERAL COUNCIL
REGULATION 2
1)For the purpose of Rules 3(3)(d) and 3(3)(e) the number of delegates from each Constituency to the All-Island General Council shall be an amount equal to:-

a)One percent (1%) of the total number of votes polled nationally for the Jamaica Labour Party in the preceding General Elections, allocated to each Constituency on a pro-rated basis to the Jamaica Labour Party percentage of votes obtained in each Constituency; PLUS

b)One (1) delegate for each percentage point by which the votes cast for the Jamaica Labour Party Candidate in each Constituency exceeds the votes cast for all the other Candidates in the Constituency in the preceding General Elections; PLUS

c)One (1) delegate for every fifty (50) financial members of registered Branches or affiliated Organizations.

2)In order to be eligible for selection as a delegate, a person must be registered to vote in National elections.

3)Delegates shall be elected, and the election must be done by the Constituency Executive.

4)Delegates must be elected from among the following members of the Constituency organization:

(a)Members of the Constituency Executive;
(b)Members of the Constituency Committee;
(c)Members of a Management Team which has been duly registered with the Party;
(d)Indoor Agents;
(e)Outdoor Agents;
(f)Branch Members;
(g)Members of Polling Division Committees.

5)The Caretaker shall submit the list of names, addresses and registration record card Number of delegates to the General Secretary for accreditation as delegates, not later than sixty (60) days prior to the meeting of the All-Island General Council.
PROVIDED that:

(ii.a)The Caretaker shall be at liberty to make changes to the list of delegates up to thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting.
(ii.b)Changes to the list of delegates less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting, shall only be allowed in the event of illness death or migration;
So however that no changes shall be allowed within fourteen days of the date of the meeting.
6)Where a Caretaker having paid the required fee, fails to submit a list of delegates, the last official list of delegates shall be the list of delegates for the current year.

(7)All Constituencies shall submit the Registration fee for delegates to the All-Island General Council meeting, not later than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting.

(8)Pursuant to Rule 3(3)(d), a Constituency shall not earn the right to be accredited with delegates to a meeting of the All-Island General Council:

(a)If the Constituency does not have a duly elected Constituency Executive, which meets at least six (6) times in each year, and submits Minutes of its meetings to the General Secretary; AND/OR

(b)If the Caretaker or Coordinator of the Constituency does not attend at least six (6) Area Council meetings in each year; OR

(c)If at least one-half of the registered Constituency delegation to Area Council, does not attend at least six (6) meetings in each year.

3. SELECTION MEETINGS
REGULATION 3
For the purpose of Rule 18(7)

a)Representatives from Polling Divisions shall be determined on the basis of one (1) representative for every twenty (20) votes or part thereof polled for the JLP in the preceding election or by-election to Central Government.

b)Delegates from Branches shall be determined on the basis of one (1) delegate for every twenty (20) financial members of registered Branches.

4. AREA COUNCILS
REGULATION 4
a)The Island shall be divided into four (4) Area Councils comprising such grouping of parishes as shall be determined by the Central Executive.

b)Any resolution to change the composition of the Area Councils as first determined by the Central Executive shall require three (3) months notice in writing and shall be passed only by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of members present and voting, and shall not come into effect until after the next Annual General Meeting of the All-Island General Council.

c)At each meeting of an Area Council, the Secretary shall report on the level and quality of the organization of each Constituency in relation to Rules 12 to 17 and 19 to 31 of the Constitution.

d)The Secretary of each Area Council shall submit to the General Secretary, within fourteen (14) days after each meeting of the Area Council:-

i.A copy of the Minutes of the Area Council Meeting
ii.A copy of the Register of Attendance for each Area Council Meeting

e)Constituency Chairman shall report at each Area Council meeting on the programmes and activities being carried out in the Constituency.

f)The Chairman of each Area Council shall submit reports, monthly to the Standing Committee, and quarterly to the Central Executive.

5. FEES
REGULATION 5
(i) Registration fee for delegates to the All-Island General Council shall be $20.00 per person.

(ii)The prescribed fees shall be:-

(a) Direct Membership $100.00 per year
(b) Ordinary Membership $500.00 per year
(c) Entrance fee (Branch Members) $5.00 per year
(d) Dues (Branch Members) $48.00 per year
(e) Branch Registration fee $50.00 per year
(f) Affiliated Member fee $20.00 per year
(g) Constituency Committee Registration $500.00
(h) Divisional Committee Registration $200.00
(i) Members of Parliament $2,000.00 per year
(j) Senators $1,500.00 per year
(k) Constituency Caretakers $1,500.00 per year
(l) Councillors/Councillor Caretakers $1,000.00 per year
(m) Area Council Registration $500.00 per year

(iii)The Treasurer of the Constituency Committee or the person acting in that capacity shall forward to the Secretary of the Party under Rule 15(3) one-third (1/3) of the fees collected under regulation 5(c) and 5(d) above.

6. NOMINATIONS
REGULATION 6
Nominations for the posts of the following officers of the Party:

(a) Leader
(b)Four (4) Deputy Leaders
(c)Five (5) Trustees
(d)Chairman and Deputy Chairman
(e)General Secretary and Four (4) Deputy General Secretaries
(f)Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer

Shall be submitted to the General Secretary, by:-

(i)in the case of (a) above, a registered Constituency Committee;
(ii)in the case of (b) above, a registered Constituency Committee through Area Council, and which nomination must be submitted to a General Meeting of the Area Council held prior to the Meeting of the All-Island General Council;
(iii)in the case of (c) to (f) above, any two members of the Central Executive.

7. RESOLUTIONS
REGULATION 7
(1)All Resolutions (other than Resolutions pursuant to Rule 37) intended to be considered at a meeting of the All-Island General Council must be submitted to the General Secretary not later than six (6) weeks before the meeting of the All-Island General Council.

(2)The General Secretary shall refer all Resolutions to the meeting of the Central Executive held immediately prior to the meeting of the All-Island General Council, and the Central Executive shall decide whether the Resolution shall be forwarded to the meeting of the All-Island General Council, for consideration.

(3)Resolutions may be submitted by a registered Branch, Divisional Committee, Constituency Committee, Area Council, or by any member of the Central Executive.

(4)Notwithstanding the provisions of Regulations 7(1) to 7(3), the All-Island General Council may grant leave for the introduction at the meeting, of Special Resolutions.

8. DEPUTY LEADERS
REGULATION 8
(1)The Deputy Leader shall be responsible to the Party for ensuring that all Constituencies comprising the Area Council are properly organized in accordance with Rules 12 to 17 and 19 to 31 of the Constitution.

(2)Each Deputy Leader shall be responsible for ensuring that all Party organizations and activities in the Constituencies comprising the Area Council, are effectively and efficiently organized and carried out.

(3)Each Deputy Leader shall report to every meeting of the Central Executive.

9. REPORTS
REGULATION 9

(4)The Chairmen of all National Committees shall submit reports to the Standing Committee, at such times and in such form as the Standing Committee may require.

(5)The Secretary of the Constituency Committee shall send a written report to the General Secretary and the Area Council Secretary, of the proceedings and decisions of a meeting of the Constituency Committee, within fourteen (14) days after that meeting.

(6)The Secretary of the Constituency Committee shall send a copy of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Constituency Executive, to the General Secretary and the Area Council Secretary, within fourteen (14) days after each meeting.

(7)The Secretary of the Divisional Committee shall send copies of the Minutes of any meeting of the Divisional Committee or Divisional Executive to the Secretary of the Constituency Committee and the Area Council Secretary, within fourteen (14) days after each meeting.

10. AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS
REGULATION 10

(1)The following approved affiliate organizations:
YOUNG JAMAICA and WOMEN’S FREEDOM MOVEMENT are deemed to be island-wide affiliate organizations.
(2)All affiliate organizations shall hold an Annual General Meeting and shall inform the General Secretary of the Party in a timely manner of the arrangements for the holding of such meeting, including the list of persons entitled to be accredited as voting delegates at such meeting.

(3)The General Secretary of the Party or his representative shall attend the Annual General Meeting of each affiliate organization, and shall certify that such meeting was properly convened and held.

(4)In order to satisfy the qualification of having functioning organizations as per the provisions of Rule 3(3)(g), the affiliate organization shall provide the General Secretary of the Party with records of all its functioning structures, by March of each year.

(5)Upon being satisfied that there are functioning organizations, the General Secretary shall so certify.

11. CONSTITUENCY COORDINATOR
REGULATION 11
(1)Pursuant to Rule 1(c), where any person has been appointed a Constituency Coordinator, that person shall be entitled to attend meetings of the Party’s Central Executive, but shall not have voting rights.

(2) The Constituency Coordinator shall be entitled to convene meetings of the Constituency Executive, attend Area Council Meetings and generally to be responsible to the Party for the administration and organization requirements of the Constituency.

 

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