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NIDS court case set for October 22-24

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 2:04 PM
PNP president, Dr Peter Phillips - File photo

The Supreme Court is to hear the application brought by the People's National Party (PNP) challenging sections of the National Identification System (NIDS) Act between October 22 and 24.

The dates were set at a case-management hearing today.

The NIDS Act was passed into law last November and is expected to be rolled out over three years, starting in September.

The legislation makes it mandatory for Jamaicans or persons residing in Jamaica to enrol in order to access some government services, among other things.

The PNP is contending, however, that sections of the act infringe on citizen's right to privacy, right to a passport, and an individual's right to due process.

"We believe that there are tremendous benefits to be derived from organising our nation's public administration. However, this bill, which was rushed through the Parliament, is flawed," PNP President Dr Peter Phillips said last month when he announced the legal challenge.

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