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PNP says Dr Shane Alexis to immediately formalise Jamaican Citizenship

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 12:08 PM
Dr Shane Alexis raises his cap as he navigates through a crowd of PNP supporters on Monday.

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) says its candidate in the South East St Mary by-election will immediately take steps to formalise his Jamaican citizenship.

The PNP made the revelation this morning in a release to the media after the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) revealed yesterday that Dr Shane Alexis is a Canadian citizen and does not have a Jamaican passport.

In defending its candidate, the PNP had initially dismissed the assertion claiming that Alexis was duly nominated in keeping with the requirements of the Jamaican Constitution.

Under the law, any citizen of a Commonwealth country can sit in the Jamaican Parliament.

Further, the Opposition party claimed that Alexis' parents are Jamaican and has been living in Jamaica since the age of two.

The PNP says its candidate was granted permanent residency and is also married to a Jamaican.

Speaking on RJR’s Beyond the Headlines yesterday evening, Alexis said he had not sought to become a naturalised Jamaican citizen because he did not have the time.

 

PNP candidate for South East St Mary Dr Shane Alexis

When pressed on whether he would now seek to become a Jamaican citizen, Alexis would not give a commitment.

Alexis insisted he had nothing to hide and that the PNP knew of his status and continues to support him.

Alexis will run against the JLP’s Dr Norman Dunn in the October 30 by-election.