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Voter and national IDs merger could save Jamaica money, but population not ready - Holness

Published:Saturday | June 10, 2017 | 6:51 AM
Holness explained that while it would save money to integrate the voter ID and national ID, the population is not ready for such a move.

A lack of trust by Jamaicans in public institutions has forced the Government to take the costly route of maintaining two separate national identification cards.

Responding to questions yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, said there was no immediate plan to integrate the soon-to-be-implemented National Identification System and the voter identification system.

The question came against the background of this week’s disclosure by the Electoral Office of Jamaica that the Government will have to find more than $2 billion to produce new voter identification cards.

Holness explained that while it would save money to integrate the voter ID and national ID, the population is not ready for such a move.

 

However, Holness said the Government intends to have the systems integrated in the future.

 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Holness has previously announced that the National Identification System is set to be rolled out in January 2018.

He says it’s expected to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store personal identity information for citizens and persons resident in the island.

The Inter-American Development Bank is expected to provide a US$68 million loan to fund the project.