Sunday 23 September, 2018

Alexis to formalise Jamaican citizenship immediately, says PNP

Dr Shane Alexis

Dr Shane Alexis

The People's National Party says its candidate for South East St Mary, Dr Shane Alexis, will take steps to formalise his Jamaican citizenship immediately.

The PNP made the announcement in a press release on Wednesday morning after questions were raised over Alexis' eligibility for nomination, following the revelation by the ruling Jamaica Labour Party that Alexis is a Canadian citizen who does not hold a Jamaican passport.

While the PNP, as it did on Tuesday, noted that Alexis was duly nominated as the Jamaican Constitution states clearly that persons born in Commonwealth countries are eligible to sit in the Houses of Parliament, the party said Alexis will formalise his allegiance to Jamaica.

“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.

Alexis was born in Canada, but came home to Jamaica as a young child, and attended Sts. Peter and Paul Preparatory School and Campion College in Jamaica.

He completed his undergraduate education in Jamaica and thereafter received a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba, the party said, noting that after completing his medical training, Dr Alexis returned to Jamaica and worked in several public medical institutions, including doing training and working at the Kingston Public Hospital, Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Annotto Bay Hospital.

In addition, Alexis has served as president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, and was appointed to the board of the National Health Fund (NHF) by the present JLP administration, noted the PNP.

Alexis will face the JLP's Norman Dunn in the October 30 by-election.