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PNP's Alexis to formalise Jamaican citizenship

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) in a release a short while ago said Dr Shane Alexis, the party's candidate for the by-election to be held in St Mary South Eastern, will formalise his Jamaican citizenship immediately.

The party reiterated that Alexis has been duly nominated in keeping with the provisions required by the Constitution of Jamaica, adding that he is a registered voter who has consistently voted in elections since 2008.

News broke yesterday that Alexis was not a Jamaican.

Member of Parliament for Portland Western, Daryl Vaz who spoke at a press conference, said the aspiring Member of Parliament was born in Canada and is not the holder of Jamaican citizenship.

Noting that Alexis is a Commonwealth citizen by virtue of his Canadian nationality, Vaz explained that the press conference was called to shed light on the situation and is not about legality but morality.

“Dr Alexis was born in Canada and has been residing in Jamaica since age two. Having been granted permanent residency since 1987, he is married to a Jamaican and lives here with his family and will formalise his Jamaican citizenship immediately,” the PNP explained.

The party further explained that Alexis successfully pursued his medical studies in Cuba and since his return to Jamaica has given outstanding service in public health to the people of Jamaica. His service includes working at Kingston Public Hospital, Bustamante Children's Hospital and Annotto Bay Hospital. It is a testimony to his integrity, capacity and commitment that he was appointed to public boards under both administrations.

The party ended its statement saying “Dr Alexis is the PNP's candidate for South East St Mary.”

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