Senate Passes NIDS Bill!

by November 14th, 2017

The controversial National Identification and Registration System (NIDS) bill was passed in the Senate last evening without support from the opposition.

This following two marathon sittings of the Senate on Friday and yesterday.

The bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica, and a national civil and identification database to generate national identification cards.
Despite vigorous exchanges among members of the senate, the bill was passed with some one hundred and 68 amendments.

Opposition senator, Lambert Brown, raised concern about an aspect of the bill concerning fees.

Leader of Government Business Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith responded saying the policy is clear about that concern.

 

Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, Leader of Government Business Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith and President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson.