UWI lecturer on dual citizenship debate
Professor Neville Duncan, University of the West Indies lecturer, is suggesting that Members of Parliament (MPs) with dual citizenship who are in breach of their country\'s constitution, should renounce the acquired citizenship.
He is also recommending that regional governments consider a change to their constitutions to allow dual citizenship for MP’s based on certain conditions.
Professor Duncan said the conditions should include a requirement that the potential candidate live in the country continuously for two years, before being allowed to contest a parliamentary election.
According to BBC Caribbean, Guyana’s Health Minister, Leslie Ramsammy is a US citizen.
In St Kitts and Nevis the government has been eyeing the foreign passport held by opposition Peoples Action Movement MP, Shawn Richards.
National Security Minister, Dwyer Astaphan, admit that he too has dual citizenship as he holds a Canadian passport.
One of Grenada’s opposition MP, Peter David, is fighting the government in court over the issue.
The controversy has also surfaced in Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago.