Leader of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness, said last night that the best way to end the leadership rivalry within the party is to have an election.
"I have always maintained that I am open to a challenge. However, the best way to resolve this is in fact to have a vote, once and for all," Holness told the Jamaica Observer.
In the meantime, Deputy Leader Audley Shaw said that he would continue his "consultations" with the party's delegates this week, and will officially announce in two weeks' time whether he will challenge Holness.
Shaw said that he was undaunted by the demonstration at the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters Monday night, demanding an end to his leadership campaign, stating that he was encouraged by the response so far and urged party supporters opposing his action to "cool it".
Shaw said that "old-style politics and a policy of intimidation and anti-democracy" would not deter him from his consultations.
"The challenge to the party is that aggressors must cool it, and learn to live with democracy within the party," he told the Observer.
But Holness objected to the reference to Monday night's demonstrators as aggressors, stating that they also had a democratic right to express their fears and suspicions of a challenge.
"They are not aggressors, they are important stakeholders. I pay close attention to the voice of the grass roots and wisdom of the grass roots. Their concerns are understandable, given the history of the party," Holness insisted.
However, neither Holness nor Shaw expressed any concern that the demonstration could have signalled a deterioration in the relationship between their supporters. Both seemed content that the Electoral Commission reappointed by the party's secretariat last week would be able to ensure an acceptable standard of campaigning and a fair election, if Shaw decides to make the challenge.
Derrick Smith, member of parliament for St Andrew North West and the newest member of the commission, confirmed that the commission had its first meeting on Monday, and will be meeting again today.
"We had a meeting to discuss things like our terms of reference, the code of conduct and the way forward, and we will be meeting again Wednesday to look at various issues," Smith said.
He added that he was confident that the party would be able to contain the exuberance of it supporters and ensure that the democratic process prevails, if there is a challenge to Holness.