CJ Politics

Golding Admits Knowledge of Ineligible Members of Parliament

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - March 9, 2011

Clockwise from top left: Shahine Robinson, Bruce Golding, Daryl Vaz, Everald Warmington, Michael Stern and Gregory Mair

A day after Jamaican MP Everald Warmington resigned after he said he felt he had violated the Jamaican constitution’s provisions on parliamentary eligibility, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding admitted that he had been aware of members of his party being ineligible to sit in Parliament.

Section 40(2) of the Jamaican Constitution prohibits those with dual citizenship from sitting in Parliament, either as a Senator or an MP. Several MPs have already resigned in previous years due to possessing dual citizenship.

According to Golding, the revelations were not made because of the potential instability of removing five Members of Parliament.

“We have been aware of the status for some time, but you will appreciate…Everald would have been the fifth of five,” Golding said yesterday. “I don’t need to spell it out that we could not have all five departing the House at the same time.”

To allow all five ineligible members to resign simultaneously was something he would not tolerate, Golding said.

“Let’s be practical. We have a majority in the House of four. If three of those four, four of those four, five of those four were to depart the House at any particular point in time simultaneously, under the rules of Parliament a certain number of members can convene the House, can pass a no-confidence motion on the Government; can cause the Government to collapse,” the Prime Minister said.

Five members have had dual citizenship issues: Shahine Robinson, who was disqualified along with Michael Stern in 2010; Daryl Vaz, who returned to Parliament after being disqualified in 2008 and then renounced his U.S. citizenship; Gregory Mair, who also was returned, and now Warmington.

Two PNP members, Sharon Hay-Webster and Ian Hayles, are involved in challenges by their defeated JLP opponents on similar grounds.


Popular Posts jamaica new hotel montego bay

Looking for a Budget-Friendly Montego Bay Vacation? There's a New Hotel for That  

It’s home to one of the most famous streets in the Caribbean, named after one of Jamaica’s global music icons: Jimmy Cliff Boulevard.  While the heavily-trafficked street has seen its share of ups and downs in recent decades, that’s been […]

At These 13 Resorts, You Can Take the Perfect Adventure-Filled Vacation in Belize

belize blancaneaux

Belize, a Caribbean travel destination full of natural wonders that also happens to have some of the coolest adventure resorts on the planet, from top-flight jungle hotels to luxurious river lodges and just about everything in between, whether you’re seeking […]

Why Ambergris Caye, Belize is the Caribbean Capital of Overwater Bars

belize san pedro ambergris caye

You can hear the ballad from Palapa halfway across Ambergris Caye; for a moment you swear the voice belongs to Dolly Parton herself.  Palapa is the town’s most prominent stage, hosting a revolving door of talented artists for intimate concerts […]

Related Posts doctors cave beach with waves

Jamaica Adding New Automated Passport Kiosks

In a a bid to expedite processing at two of the Caribbean’s busiest airports, Jamaica is adding new automated passport control kiosks in Kingston and Montego Bay.  The new kiosks aim to “streamline passenger flow,” according to a statement from […]

The Cool List: the Coolest Hotels in the Caribbean for 2024

the cool list 2024

They’re different. They’re fun, they’re colorful, they’re unique. They’re themselves. The Caribbean has no shortage of cool hotels and in this, Caribbean Journal’s 12th annual Cool List, we highlight the places that hit you in a different way, that do […]

The 25 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean, from Adults-Only to Boutique

hammock cove in antigua

What is an all-inclusive resort? In recent years, the answer to that question has changed dramatically. Today, all-inclusive means a resort that is at the cutting edge of travel trends, one that is catering to the demands of a massive […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You