Gov’t, Opposition Spar in Parliament Over 2002 Resolution on Compulsory National Registration System


Government and Opposition Members sparred in the House of Representatives yesterday, when Prime Minister Andrew Holness revealed that Dr. Peter Peters had carried a resolution about a compulsory national registration system to parliament, 17 years ago.

The resolution was to study a bill prepared by the former PNP-administration, that would establish a system similar to the Holness-administration’s compulsory National Identification System, NIDS.

Dr. Phillips is now the leader of the Opposition PNP which recently filed a successful court action to strike down the NIDS.

In responding to questions from the Opposition in the House about NIDS spending, Prime Minister Holness accused Dr. Phillips and the PNP of hypocrisy.

Prime Minister Holness also disclosed that the former PNP administration spent 1-point-3 million US dollars on T-shirts and other items to promote its planned National ID system.

In response, Opposition Leader Phillips commented that the PNP has never objected to the principle of a national ID.

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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