Citizenship is Very Important - In Jamaica Too
by Christina MF
(Auburn, Washington, USA)
Re: Dr. Alexis vs Dr. Norman Dunn In St. Mary South East Bi-Election 2017:
While I think that it is important for elected officials to be citizens of the country they are officiating in, if the laws of the country allow for non-citizens to participate, then people need to abide by the law.
Having said that, it seems that there is no requirement to tell the truth in our modern times and people often twist reality to skew an idea to their way of thinking. I think this issue is the opposing party trying to diminish the apparent quality of their competition.
It is to some extent just politics trying to smear the competition because while it may not be preferred to have an ex-pat be an elected official, it is not illegal.
I think it matters not how other countries would treat this. The local people have their opinion and ideas and that is what matters.
I think he bears some fault by saying that he did not have time to seek citizenship. People saying that they don't have time to do something important diminish their worth in my eyes because I think saying that is a cop out. If something is important, people need to make the time to take care of it. Having said that, what other important things is he not going to have time to take care of?
Although he has changed his mind and is completing his citizenship requirements, I think the damage has already been done and he is now going to have to work hard to regain respect of the general population if he is to get elected. So, yes, I think it will have an effect on his chances.
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