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Cabinet has instructed the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to draft legislation to validate the acts performed by four members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), who were disqualified from Parliament for having dual citizenship.
The legislation, if approved by Parliament, would validate any acts, performed in good faith, in respect of ministerial and legislative duties by Members of Parliament, Gregory Mair, Michael Stern, Hon. Daryl Vaz and former Member of Parliament, Shahine Robinson.
The announcement was made by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, at the weekly post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (December 15).
The legislation would also allow the four individuals to keep the salaries they earned while they sat in Parliament.
The four were disqualified from the House of Representatives because they were found to have pledged allegiance to a foreign power, which is forbidden by the Constitution.
If Parliament turns down the law, the four could be forced to pay back all salaries earned while they sat in Parliament.
At the same time, laws passed by the members and decisions made in good faith, based on the public offices they occupied, could be challenged.