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.