Danville Walker’s eligibility questioned
The question of Danville Walker’s eligibility for the post of Director of Elections today came into question during the election petition hearing involving the West Portland Member of Parliament, Daryl Vaz. The losing PNP candidate, Abe Dabodoub, brought the action against Mr. Vaz.
During cross examination, attorneys for Mr. Dabdoub questioned Mr. Walker’s eligibility for the post of Director of Elections based on the provisions of the Electoral Commission (Interim) Act of 2006. The Act states that no person shall be qualified to be nominated Commissioner or the Director of Elections if he by virtue of his own act, swears allegiance to a foreign power or state.
Mr. Walker has acknowledged that he has dual citizenship with the United States and Jamaica. However, a source close to Mr. Walker says he believes the Jamaican constitution gives him the right to work in Jamaica and makes no reference to dual citizenship with respect to his position as Director of Elections. The source further pointed out that the provisions of the Electoral Commission Interim Act are subordinate to those of the Jamaican constitution.
Mr. Walker is scheduled to continue his testimony on Monday.