Some Controversial NIDS Provisions set for Lengthy Delays

At least two of the more controversial provisions of the National Identification System (NIDS) won’t be implemented for several years.

That’s according to Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Kamina Johnson Smith.

She was responding to this concern raised by Spokesperson for Jamaicans for Justice, Susan Goffe, on Nationwide This Morning.

Mrs. Goffe says several exemptions were removed in recent amendments.

However, Senator Johnson-Smith says this part of the law won’t be implemented for several years.

So too, the $100,000 fine for not enrolling in the system.

The Senate Leader also says the bill will be reviewed in 18 months.

At the time of publication, Senators were still reviewing, clause by clause, the bill which proposes to establish a National Identification System (NIDS) in Jamaica.

The review of the bill was postponed during committee stage early Saturday morning with 20 clauses completed.

Shortly before news time, the Senate had reviewed 41 of the 75 clauses in the bill.

The sitting today began shortly after 10:00 this morning.

The Government is expected to eventually use its majority in the Senate to have the bill passed.

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