Sunday 22 September, 2019

No NIDS appeal on the cards, says Chuck

Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck

Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck

The government has indicated that there are no immediate plans to appeal the recent ruling by the Constitutional Court on the unconstitutionality of the National Identification and Registration Act (NIDS).

Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck made the announcement on Wednesday during a post Sectoral presentation press briefing at the Justice ministry in St Andrew. 

Chuck said the government would instead take the route of drafting an entirely new bill with the intention of tabling the bill in the House of Representatives in September and getting it passed by the following month. 

In April, the court declared the bill null and void after citing that sections of the proposed law were in violation of the Constitution.

The proposed legislation has been steeped in controversy and was a major bone of contention between the ruling Jamaica Labour party and the opposition People’s National Party, whose general secretary, Julian Robinson sought redress from the court. Robinson, the Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew argued that the act was a violation of the rights of all Jamaican citizens and was unlawful.

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, in handing down the ruling, said the court was in agreement with Robinson and that unanimous a mandatory stipulation of NIDS for citizens to submit biometric information violated the right to privacy, which is mandated by the Constitution of Jamaica.

 

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