Accusations of duplicate delegates' lists and an attempt to bring forward the date of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) annual conference are likely to create fireworks at today's Central Executive meeting of the Opposition party, the Jamaica Observer has learnt.
According to a high-ranking party insider, a number of delegates' lists have "mysteriously appeared" in constituencies that, prior to now, did not have any such lists.
The party insider, who supports Audley Shaw's bid for the JLP leadership, listed constituencies in Westmoreland, St Thomas, and Kingston as those where the alleged developments are taking place.
"The Shaw team has several concerns about the integrity of the delegates' lists," the party insider said.
Delegates are to vote for a JLP leader at the upcoming annual conference. The election became necessary after Shaw formally announced last week that he intends to challenge current leader Andrew Holness.
But in the weeks before Shaw's formal announcement, the prospect of a leadership contest divided the often fractious party, resulting in accusations of a disregard for internal democracy.
Holness, however, has maintained that a challenge is good for the party as it would settle the leadership argument sparked by the fact that he was placed in the post after the resignation of Bruce Golding in 2011.
Before making his announcement last week, Shaw spent three weeks engaged in what he described as "consultations" with JLP delegates, members of the business community and civil society groups across the island.
Yesterday, the party insider claimed that those meetings, in addition to others Shaw has been having since last Sunday, have resulted in growing support for the Manchester North Eastern member of parliament.
According to the party insider, the proposal to bring forward the conference is an attempt to stem that support.
"Shaw is gaining more support as he moves across the country, and they are trying to lock it off," the insider said.
"The last date I heard proposed for the conference is November 3," the insider said. "Now, I understand that they intend to bring to Central Executive tomorrow (today) a proposal for an October date. The Shaw team is totally objecting to that."
The Central Executive is the party's highest decision-making body outside of its annual conference.