Opposition Threatens to Sue Govt over NIDS

The Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, says it could take the Andrew Holness administration to court, for constitutional breaches, relating to the National Identification and Registration bill.

The controversial bill was approved in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

It’s to get the royal assent and then be gazetted in order to become law.

Chairman of the PNP, Fitz Jackson, says the bill will be repealed and offensive provisions removed when the party next forms the government.

He says the party’s lawyers are now examining the legislation with the aim of taking action in court.

He says the PNP is now in discussions with stakeholder groups about the bill.

Fitz Jackson was speaking yesterday at a Rotary Club of Kingston meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Several members of civil society and advocacy groups have raised concerns about the NIDS bill saying it’s intrusive and should not be mandatory.