Kamina Johnson Smith, the Leader of Government Business in the Senate
The Senate on Monday night passed the controversial National Identification and Registration Act 2017 with 168 ammendments following a marathon sitting in Parliament.
It was passed without any votes of approval from Opposition senators.
The Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica, and a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national identification cards.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the establishment of a reliable national identification system for Jamaicans is pivotal to the Government’s thrust to combat corruption.
“Anti-corruption efforts require a process of establishing, verifying and certifying identity. Several different databases of identity, using different standards and means of identification without a means of crossmatching, do not enhance transparency,” Holness said at an event earlier this week.