Alexis submits citizenship application
The People’s National Party (PNP) candidate in St Mary South East, Dr Shane Alexis, says he has now completed his application for Jamaican citizenship.
The PNP candidate is Canadian and has also held a Grenadian passport but does not have a Jamaican passport.
Under the law, any citizen of a Commonwealth country, such as Canada or Grenada, can sit in the Jamaican Parliament.
However, the Jamaica Labour Party has blasted the PNP for seeking to put a non-Jamaican in the Parliament.
Despite a subsequent commitment from Alexis that he would seek to become a citizen, the JLP criticised him for not submitting an application to become a naturalised Jamaican up to last Thursday.
Speaking in Richmond, St Mary, last night, Alexis said his application has now been made.
Also speaking in St Mary last night, president of the PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, sought to downplay the citizenship issue.
Phillips argued that Alexis has a record of patriotic service to Jamaica.
Alexis will go up against the JLP's Dr Norman Dunn in the October 30 by-election.