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NIDS timeline

Published:Saturday | April 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM

2000: National Registration Bill tabled in Parliament.


2006: Cabinet approves proposal to implement National Identification System (NIDS). National Registration Bill withdrawn for redrafting and resubmission.


2008: Cabinet recommits to NIDS implementation by 2010.


July 2011: National Registration Unit moved from Ministry of Health to Office of the Prime Minister.


September 2011: Grant funding to the tune of US$670,000 secured for preparatory work to implement NIDS.


December 2011: Cabinet gives approval for development of NIDS policy.


October 10, 2016: Cabinet approves NIDS policy for tabling in Parliament as a White Paper.


November 8, 2016: NIDS White Paper tabled.


June 13, 2017: Prime minister opens debate on the National Identification and Registration Bill.


September 18, 2017: Lower House passes bill with 100 amendments after two hours of deliberations.


November 13, 2017: Senate passes bill with 184 amendments after more than 12 hours of deliberations.


November 21, 2017: Government approves amendments made by Senate, passing the National Identification and Registration Act (NIRA) 2017 in the absence of the parliamentary Opposition.


December 8, 2017: Inter-American Development Bank approves US$68 million loan for NIDS and other projects.


May 8, 2018: People’s National Party General Secretary Julian Robinson files an action in the Supreme Court, seeking declarations that sections of the NIRA are unconstitutional.


June 8, 2018: Case-management conference held to determine hearing dates.


October 22 -24, 2018: Court hears Robinson’s challenge to the NIRA.


January 2019: NIDS pilot pushed back to second half of 2019.


April 12, 2019: Court rules that the NIRA should be struck down.