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PNP, Alexis ought to fess up

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM


In light of the citizenship controversy surrounding Dr Shane Alexis, PNP candidate for SE St Mary, I have a few questions:

1. Did the PNP even know that Dr Shane Alexis did not hold Jamaican citizenship? Do they verify and do background checks before nominating their candidates?

2.Did the PNP and Dr Shane Alexis not think there would be any issue surrounding the fact that Dr Alexis did not hold Jamaican citizenship? Did they think that meeting the Commonwealth citizenship eligibility would be good enough for Jamaica and Jamaicans?

3.Didn't the PNP bother to notice their hypocrisy, considering past actions regarding candidates with dual citizenship, and the 'born ya' theme, which was the basis of past campaigns? It is now understood that Dr Alexis also holds a Grenadian passport, in addition to a Canadian one.

4.After living in Jamaica all these years (since he was two years old, according to reports), why did Dr Shane Alexis, as an adult, refuse to acquire Jamaican citizenship? Did he not see any benefit(s) to acquiring Jamaican citizenship considering he lived in Jamaica most of his life?