National identification system roll out come September 2019
Leader of Government Business in the Senate Kamina Johnson Smith this morning revealed that the Government plans to roll out the national identification system in September 2019.
The Upper House resumed debate on the National Identification and Registration Bill this morning after more than 10 hours of deliberations on Friday.
Johnson Smith further disclosed that the islandwide roll out will take three years.
She said before implementation a pilot project will be undertaken in January 2019.
Opposition senator Sofia Frazer Binns proposed that the timelines articulated by the Senate leader be included in the bill.
The proposal was rejected.
Earlier this morning, opposition senators again took issue with the provision which makes it mandatory for Jamaicans to register with the national identification system.
Responding, Johnson Smith reiterated that the government believes that mandatory enrollment is the best option to ensure full participation.
The National Identification and Registration Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification, and authentication of the identities of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica; and the establishment of a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national identification cards.
It also provides for the establishment of the Registrar General’s Department as the National Identification and Registration Authority, which will have responsibility for the project’s implementation.