Gov’t Now Touts Voluntary NIDS Act, Won’t Appeal Court Ruling


Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, says the government is aiming to have a new voluntary National Identification System, NIDS Act, approved in Parliament by November this year.

Minister Chuck gave the timeline shortly after he disclosed this morning that Cabinet has decided not to appeal the decision by the Constitutional Court to strike down the NIDS law which was approved in 2017.

Last month, the Bryan Sykes-led Constitutional Court ruled that the 2017 National Identification and Registration Act, NIRA,  should be struck down as null, void and of no legal effect.

Abka Fitz-Henley reports:

Minister Chuck told a media conference at his Ministry’s Head office in St. Andrew today that moves are being made to draft a new NIDS bill.

The Justice Minister says under the new law, it will not be mandatory for people to have a National ID.

Minister Chuck says directives have been given for a new NIDS bill to be ready for tabling in Parliament in September.

He says the objective is to have a new NIDS Act passed in Parliament before the end of this year.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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