The National Identification and Registration Bill was re-tabled in the House of Representatives on June 6.
Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, withdrew the original Bill on behalf of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.
“The main considerations were that there were several changes to be made and it was most appropriate that the Bill should be withdrawn and a new Bill tendered,” Mr. Chuck explained to the House.
The proposed National Identification and Registration Bill establishes the National Identification and Registration Authority, which is in keeping with the National Identification Project, which Mr. Holness reintroduced last year.
The Registrar General’s Department (RGD), which will be transformed into the Authority, will have responsibility for the project’s implementation.
The Bill will also 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.
Additionally, it will facilitate the establishment of a National Civil and Identification Database, to generate national identification cards.