PNP Chairman Fitz Jackson and Political Commentator Shalman Scott
The People's National Party (PNP) has said Dr. Shane Alexis, its candidate in St. Mary South Eastern, has started the process of applying for his Jamaican citizenship.
This was contained in a release Wednesday morning.
The party reiterated that Dr. Alexis was duly nominated on Monday in keeping with the provisions required by the Constitution of Jamaica.
The issue of Dr. Alexis's citizenship was raised on Tuesday by Daryl Vaz, Member of Parliament for Portland Western.
Mr. Vaz raised the matter disclosing that even though Dr. Alexis as a Canadian is able to sit in the House of Representatives, he had not applied for Jamaican citizenship.
He had declared that obtaining this would be a true demonstration of Dr. Alexis' commitment to Jamaica.
News has also surfaced that Dr. Alexis was also the holder of a Grenadian passport.
His mother is from Grenada.
RJR News was informed that Dr. Alexis used the passport for several years but it has expired. It has reportedly not been renewed.
Meanwhile, the issue concerning Dr. Alexis may lead to changes in the PNP's rules and regulations about citizenship and representation eligibility.
PNP Chairman Fitz Jackson, has suggested that the issue is possibly a national one which requires resolution.
He has declared that the time is appropriate for a full discussion on the Constitution and whether it should be amended to reflect the modern realities of politics in Jamaica.
In the meantime, Political Commentator Shalman Scott has weighed in on the discussion about the citizenship of Dr. Alexis.
Speaking with RJR News Wednesday morning, Mr. Scott said the corncern is a non-issue.
"The law is very clear on that matter that as a member of the Commonwealth, you can participate in the holding of public office and participate in government, providing that the location where you are operating from, you have been there for over one year," he asserted.
He said the JLP has raised the issue as a campaign tool.