Opposition will Submit to the Will of the Court on NIDS


Opposition Spokesperson on Justice, Senator Donna Scott-Motley, says if the court rules the legislation governing the National Identification system, NIDS, isn’t unconstitutional then the People’s National Party, PNP, will support the law.

Senator Scott-Motley was responding to a question from Nationwide’s Dennis Brooks.

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The PNP filed a suit in the courts on Tuesday, claiming sections of the National Identification and Registration Act are unconstitutional.

But Senator Scott-Motley says if the court rules in favour of the PNP, she expects the government to engage the Opposition and civil society in consultations before the full rollout of NIDS.

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Senator Scott-Motley was speaking on Nationwide This Morning with Dennis Brooks and Patria-Kaye Aarons.

The Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, has labelled the Opposition’s move to bring the NIDS issue before the court as obstructionist.

The JLP also accused the Opposition of attacking Jamaica’s development.


William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.