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Three JLP flag bearers renounce US nationality

Published:Monday | November 14, 2011 | 4:11 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Writer

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has displayed documents which indicate three of its proposed candidates have renounced their United States citizenship.

The three are: Manchester Central flag bearer Danville Walker, St Catherine East hopeful Sharon Hay Webster and Dr Patrece Charles Freeman who is slated to run in St Thomas Eastern.

"These persons have seen the need to surrender their foreign nationality to ensure that they are fully Jamaicans and we applaud them," JLP general secretary Aundre Franklin said during a press conference.

Under the constitution, persons who are under the acknowledgement of allegiance or obedience to a foreign power are not qualified to be Parliamentarians.

The certificate of loss of nationality for Hay Webster is dated October 27.

Earlier this year, documents recovered though whistle-blowing entity, Wikileaks, indicated that Hay Webster, although publicly stating her intention to renounce her United States citizenship, later changed her mind and aborted the process.

In the case of Walker, his certificate of loss of nationality is dated November 1. Walker was forced to resign as Director of Elections in 2008 after he was found to be an American citizen which disqualified him from holding the office.

Charles Freeman's document is dated August 2.