JLP steps up pressure on ‘Canadian’ Alexis
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has scoffed at reports from the People's National Party (PNP) that its candidate for South East St Mary by-election, Dr Shane Alexis, has started the process of acquiring Jamaican citizenship.
"Too little, too late. Pure political and moral hypocrisy" declared Daryl Vaz, the JLP's point man in the criticism of Alexis, who holds Canadian citizenship.
"Furthermore, he cannot formalise his citizenship. He has to apply, and the process has to start from the beginning. Further to that, he has already shown that he has no respect for the people of South East St Mary and the Parliament by deciding to run in an election without even being a citizen of Jamaica," added Vaz.
His comments came after the PNP underscored its position that Alexis has been duly nominated to contest the by-election "in keeping with the provisions required by the Constitution of Jamaica".
The PNP argues that Alexis is a registered voter who has consistently voted in elections since 2008.
"Dr Alexis was born in Canada and has been residing in Jamaica since age two. Having been granted permanent residency since 1987, he is married to a Jamaican and lives here with his family and will formalise his Jamaican citizenship immediately," said the PNP.
But Vaz charged that Alexis had applied to renew his Canadian passport several times but did not respect Jamaica enough to stand in line to apply for a Jamaican passport.
"I wonder what Norman Manley and Michael Manley would say, if they were alive, of the PNP running on its ballot a non-Jamaican citizen? They would be horrified, and Peter Phillips and the hierarchy of the PNP have now officially brought the PNP into disrepute, shame, and disgrace," added Vaz as he charged that even well-thinking Comrades would agree with him.