‘Hypocrites!’ JLP Slams PNP Over Shane Alexis’ Citizenship

The political campaign in the South East St. Mary by-election has taken a dramatic new turn with questions about the citizenship of People’s National Party candidate, Dr. Shane Alexis.

Dr. Alexis revealed on Nationwide 90FM this morning that he’s a Canadian citizen.

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is now charging that he’s also not a Jamaican citizen nor is he, even the holder of a Jamaican passport.

It’s lambasting the Opposition PNP, saying it’s ‘morally bankrupt’ in choosing to run Dr. Alexis as a candidate in the keenly-contested by-election.

The political campaign in South East St. Mary seems to get hotter each day. Today, there’re questions of morality being raised by the JLP over the candidacy of Dr. Shane Alexis.

The governing party used a press conference this afternoon at Gordon House to pounce on the revelation that Dr. Alexis is not a Jamaican.

Their chief spokesperson on the issue, Daryl Vaz. A man who’s had to deal with dual citizenship issues, in the past, to be able to sit in the Parliament.

Mr. Vaz says it must be clear that he’s not a raising an issue of ‘legality’. Noting that the Jamaican constitution allows Commonwealth citizens to sit in Parliament.

He says, for him, it’s a matter of ‘morality’.

He’s questioning why Dr. Alexis hasn’t taken steps to become a naturalized Jamaican.

He says Dr. Alexis is ‘not precluded’ from the process of becoming a naturalized Jamaican. But he doesn’t believe he was inclined to do so.

Still, the main target of his attack today is the People’s National Party. He says the issues he’s raising aren’t so much about Dr. Alexis. But the PNP, which he says has shown it’s ‘morally bankrupt’.

Mr. Vaz says the PNP and its leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, will have to answer to Jamaicans, charging that the party has lost its ‘moral authority’.

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  • JAY

    Shane don’t even have a Jamaican passport ? Come on now.. at that he should have had that after all these years.

    • Free Jamaica

      Neither do 80 percent of the voters in Jamaica

      • A.L.Smalling

        And that 80 percent don’t hold a foreign passport. When Shane travels to the USA for example do you think he go as a Jamaican or Canadian? He is not a citizen of Jamaica, therefore under the law he doesn’t have a vote. he can’t vote in Jamaica but he is asking the people of Jamaica to vote for him.

        • JAY

          Exactly!!!!!…The PNP choose not to understand this. And keep Jamaicans for fools and Jamaicans in turn allow them to get away with it. This is law and principle which those darn comreds are lacking.

          I am not knocking his scholarship to Cuba.. but was he entitled to one NOT being a JA citizen?

        • Free Jamaica

          Do you know that Dr. Alexix has gone to the usa?

          • A.L.Smalling

            Yes, I do and I can prove it. See how much you know. And, when he got his Jamaican scholarship to study medicine in Cuba — did he got it as a Canadian citizen. How did a Canadian citizen got a medical scholarship offered to Jamaicans on behalf of the Cuban government. PNP double talk just threw the otherwise decent young man under the bus.

          • Free Jamaica

            Because he got it as a Jamaican Citizen, that is why so he is a Jamaican citizen. Go and read your constitution and stop following the hype

          • JAY

            Shane is not a Jamaican citizen.. what media do you have getting your reports? You are responding here on Nationwide.. Don’t you see the articles they are providing.. Is so the ORANGE blind you?

          • Free Jamaica

            Read the Constitution of Jamaica. Dr. Alexix is a Commonwealth citizen

          • Warren Brown

            Where is the political ambudsman?
            How is it that the party spokesman not making noise about Dr Alexis situation as when he was quarreling with the banks. Come on Mr Jackson you know that he should not have been nominated.

          • A.L.Smalling

            I read the Constitution and nowhere does it concur with my ignorance. By virtue of him marrying to a Jamaican qualified him to be a citizen of Jamaica but only after he applied for citizenship and his registered. Dr Alexis has NOT applied (he dont have the time to stand in line to apply — his word) for citizenship. That’s the Constitution. Read it for yourself.

          • Free Jamaica

            Any citizen of a Commonwealth country can run for election to parliament.

      • JAY

        Neither is 80 percent of Jamaica’s population a foreign citizen or running for public office in Jamaica.

  • Free Jamaica

    You do realise Mr. Vaz that there is a big difference between a Jamaican becoming a citizen of the USA, who has to denounce their jamaican citizenship before swearing to become a usa citizen and a JamaIcan who has become a citizen of Canada which is a member of the Commonwealth. These matters are addressed in the Constitution of Jamaica.

    • JAY

      What happen to the slogan in the 1970s ‘ my leader born yah’ or in 2007.. when the PNP make a big stink about Vaz and Robinson dual citizenship.. OR Chairman for life Pickersgill stating..” if you not born here (Jamaica) you should not sit in Jamaica parliament? Seem like you just come bout.. or have selective memory.

    • A.L.Smalling

      How about we invite Mugabe over to run for Parliament. He is Commonwealth citizen and non Jamaican.

    • JAY

      Wrong.. you don’t NOT have to denounce a darn thing. Check your fake news.

    • JAY

      What about Ian Hayles of the PNP back then? Who so called said he got his renounced on August 6th.. 2007. When August 6th is a public holiday in JA…. US embassy lock!!!! smh

      You forgot about that? or just choose not to remember…..

  • JAY

    Bring on the debate….Canadian Maple Syrup vs Jamaican Sugar Cane…. Maple Leaf vs. Marijuana

  • QC

    Shane dad is Jamaican just like Seaga. Shane lived in Jamaica like Seaga
    Went to school like Seaga. He was awarded Jamaican scholarship. Like Seaga he worked in the service.He is married to a Jamaican, like Seaga. He is the holder of a Jamaican National Identification Card like Seaga. If Seaga is a Jamaican then the Shane is a Jamaican.

    • alpha

      I agree but the problem is persons dont believe he has a Jamaican dad

  • PotCover

    Shane Seaga… so.. Prime Minister, President of a Poltical Party