JG - Upholding the Constitution
Upholding the Constitution
published: Sunday May 11, 2008
The Editor, Sir:
If a citizen of Jamaica pledged allegiance to the United States, he or she should not be allowed to partake in Jamaica's election. These measures undermine Jamaica's democratic development, judicial independence and the possibility of free and fair process.
The United States is a foreign power that is not a member of the Commonwealth and does not bear allegiance to our Commonwealth heads of state. A perfect example would be the governor of California, a born citizen of another country. Would they change their constitution so that he might one day become president of the United States? Only a citizen of another Commonwealth country should be allowed such right or privilege.
Why can't Jamaicans learn to respect their tradition and the law of the land? The Constitution is for a reason, and why should the court or Government make changes to accommodate dual citizens?
Rich sense of duty
The Honourable Chief Justice Zaila McCalla, who ruled in this situation, protected Jamaica's sovereignty. I salute her rich sense of duty and national pride to uphold Jamaica's Constitution. Jamaica needs more like her.
I am, etc.,
This letter is part of an ongoing discussion in Jamaica regarding a Constitutional prohibition on dual citizens holding government office.