KINGSTON — Cabinet has approved the issuing of drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to facilitate amendments to the Registration (Birth and Deaths) Act 1881.
Speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said the amendments will provide for the inclusion of the names of unmarried fathers in the registration of birth and the imposition of fees for services relating to Section 19B (4) of the Act.
“The proposed amendments would provide that every child should be registered and that …the father is named at the time of registration. Should the mother be unable to declare the father’s name, she would have to provide the reason for this on the appropriate section of the relevant form,” he said.
The Minister further informed that penalties will be included for misrepresentation or refusal of the mother to name the father. “In cases where paternity is disputed, provisions will be made for provisional registration and the issuing of a provisional birth certificate pending an order of the court,” he noted further.
The Registration (Birth and Deaths Act) was amended in 1980 to widen the scope for registering a child born out of wedlock, by empowering the Registrar to enter on the registration form and counterfoil, the name of, or any particulars relating to a person named as the father of the child in certain circumstances.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter