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PNP's Dr Shane Alexis not J'can, says Vaz

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Member of Parliament for Portland Western, Daryl Vaz, today revealed that Dr Shane Alexis, who was yesterday nominated as the People's National Party (PNP) candidate for the upcoming by-election in St Mary South Eastern, is not Jamaican.

Vaz, who was speaking at a press conference this afternoon, said the aspiring member of Parliament was born in Canada and is not the holder of Jamaican citizenship.

He said Alexis could have become a naturalised Jamaican citizen either through his parents or his wife, who is Jamaican, so, "It was not about him being precluded from becoming a Jamaican citizen. It is more of him not being inclined to do so".

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.

"I find it hypocritical, I find it immoral that after the People's National Party made it a point of duty to carry five of us in our last term in office to court on a dual citizenship case that they would be so bold and brazen to confirm a candidate to run on their ticket...who is neither the holder of a Jamaican passport or a Jamaican citizen," Vaz stated.

He also said Alexis earlier today indicated that he was Canadian.

Alexis was nominated yesterday as the official candidate for the PNP at the St Theresa Catholic Church nomination centre in Annotto Bay, St Mary.

He made his way into the nomination centre flanked by party leader Dr Peter Phillips, Campaign Director Dr Fenton Ferguson, PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson and other comrades.

Being a Commonwealth citizen, Alexis is eligible to run for office under Jamaican law.

More information later.

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