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PM pressed for answers about NIDS at OPM Live youth forum

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 11:55 AM
Holness – File Photo

Continued insistence that the National Identification and Registration (NIDS) bill is intrusive and could see citizens being denied access to public services, last night drew the ire of Prime Minister Andrew Holness who said many of the statements about the new ID system are not true.

Concerns about the NIDS were raised by several persons during last evening's OPM Live youth forum at Jamaica College in St Andrew.

However, a question by a member of the Love March Movement on the possible loss of services and punishment for not enrolling in the NIDS led to an impassioned explanation from the Prime Minister.


Addressing the issue of privacy, Holness reiterated that the NIDS would not require any information the government does not already have within its various agencies.

However, he said the new system would streamline this information.

Holness also rejected concerns raised by the opposition regarding the NIDS, saying it was the People's National Party government which started the process for getting a national identification system and initiated talks for its funding.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Meanwhile, the prime minister insisted that there would be many opportunities for the public's input when the regulations governing the new law go before Parliament.

And he noted that many of the provisions in the NIDS bill will not be implemented during the early phases.