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The Parliamentary Opposition has poured more cold water on a motion tabled by a government Member of Parliament (MP) concerning the eligibility of Sharon Hay-Webster to serve as the representative for South Central St. Catherine.

During last Tuesday's sitting of Parliament, MP Gregory Mair gave notice of a motion demanding that Mrs. Hay-Webster renounce her United States (US) citizenship.

Mrs. Hay-Webster was called on to give up her US citizenship before Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives.

The St. Catherine MP has dismissed Mr. Mair's deadline.

It was revealed Monday night that Derrick Kellier, Leader of Opposition Business in Parliament, has written to the Speaker of the House and the Leader of Government Business pointing out that Mr. Mair's motion is baseless.

Mr. Kellier's letter, a copy of which was sent to the media, states that under Section 44 of the Constitution, any question regarding the validity of an elected or appointed member of either House shall be determined by the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal whose decision shall be final.

As a result, Mr. Kellier says Mr. Mair's motion is ill-conceived and cannot be entertained by Parliament.
Last year, Mr. Mair was deemed ineligible to sit in Parliament because he had Venezuelan citizenship.

West Portland MP, Daryl Vaz and North West Clarendon MP, Michael Stern, were also unseated as the controversy over their dual citizenship played out.

All three were re-elected in subsequent by-elections.









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