National ID system will ensure clean voters' list - EOJ Montego Bay
Director of Elections Orette Fisher says the National Identification System (NIDS), set to be implemented by 2020, will ensure that the names of deceased persons do not appear on the voters' list.
The new initiative, he said, will protect the integrity of the electoral system and make it easier to determine the number of eligible voters in the country.
Fisher, who was addressing the close of the Caribbean Civil Registration and Identity Management Conference in Montego Bay, recently, said that "the entire verification process would now be a lot easier". He said that the NIDS would provide a comprehensive and secure structure to store personal identity information, therefore, allowing the identification of Jamaica's residents.
Fisher said that on a quarterly basis, the Registrar General's Department (RGD) supplied the EoJ with a list including the names, addresses, and occupations of individuals over the age of 18 who had died in the preceding quarter.
He noted that although the process was useful, there were deaths that went unreported that undermine the efforts to remove deceased electors.
"We have to get to where there is a national registration and a reliable database... which would afford every citizen a unique identification number. With this system in place, the data from the RGD would be of better assistance than it is at this time, as the Electoral Office would be better equipped to cross-reference the information," the JIS quoted him as saying.
"This number will be your personal number and will entail all vital and personal information about you and which will make identifying the person you are dealing with just a click away. This will indeed alleviate a lot of the problems we are now encountering," he noted.
Fisher urged new electors over the age of 18 who want to get on the voters' list to "just notify the Electoral Office" which would "get all their vital information from the national registry and get them on the voters' list".