JFJ concerned about some aspects of National Identification and Registration Act

by November 12th, 2017

Human Rights Lobby Group Jamaicans for Justice is urging Jamaicans to be prepared for the 18-month review of the National Identification and Registration Act 2017 when it is implemented.

Spokesperson Susan Goffe was reacting to comments made by government that a review will be conducted.

She was speaking this morning on Irie Fm’s Running Africa Forum Programme with host Kabu Ma’at Kheru.

During Friday’s debate in the Senate Opposition senators stated that the bill is being rushed and is in need of public consultation before it is passed.

The National Identification and Registration Act 2017 will allow for National Identification System NIDS where each Jamaican will be assigned a unique 9-digit National Identification Number NIN.

Ms Goffe states that there are some areas of the bill that are cause for concern.

She refers to the demographic information being required by the bill.

She explains that the information being required for demographic is being treated in the same way as identity information in some aspects.

She says the difference needs to be clear throughout the bill.

Ms Goffe is also calling on the government to review the fine that will be applied if a citizen does not have the NIN.

JFJ Spokesperson Susan Goffe

Senate is expected to continue it debating the bill tomorrow (Nov 13).