State seeks fund­ing to fi­nance nat’l IDs

Jamaica Gleaner - - UNITED STATES ELECTIONS 2016 -

THE GOV­ERN­MENT is now ne­go­ti­at­ing with a mul­ti­lat­eral in­sti­tu­tion to fi­nance the lon­gawaited Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (NIDS) im­ple­men­ta­tion plan.

A White Pa­per tabled yes­ter­day in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives out­lined that the en­rol­ment of Ja­maicans will be­gin in De­cem­ber 2017 with the reg­is­tra­tion of the pop­u­la­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry pa­per, the NIDS will be im­ple­mented by the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter (OPM), with sup­port from a num­ber of key pub­lic-sec­tor bod­ies.

In ad­di­tion, the Gov­ern­ment plans to trans­form the Reg­is­trar Gen­eral’s De­part­ment (RGD) into the Ja­maica Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Agency. This en­tity will op­er­ate out of the of­fices of the OPM.

Un­der the NIDS, a se­cure and unique Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (NIN) will be gen­er­ated and as­signed to each Ja­maican from birth to death. A num­ber will also be as­signed to any­one who has ob­tained cit­i­zen­ship by reg­is­tra­tion or nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion un­der the Ja­maican Na­tion­al­ity Act.

“The NIN shall be a com­puter gen­er­ated ran­dom nine-digit num­ber and bear no at­tributes or iden­tity of the per­son to whom it is as­signed,” the pa­per stated. The NIN will be de­ac­ti­vated upon the death of the in­di­vid­ual or the re­nun­ci­a­tion or re­vo­ca­tion of cit­i­zen­ship.


Ja­maicans will be is­sued a na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card con­sist­ing of a unique NIN, core per­sonal data and bio­met­ric data will also be is­sued to each reg­is­tered per­son.

The Gov­ern­ment will also es­tab­lish a Na­tional Civil and Bio­met­ric Data­base (NCBD) in sup­port of the NIDS. This will con­tain in­for­ma­tion on per­sonal iden­tity and bio­met­ric data for cit­i­zens and per­sons or­di­nar­ily res­i­dent in Ja­maica.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has given the as­sur­ance that it will en­sure the pro­tec­tion, se­cu­rity and pri­vacy of the iden­tity in­for­ma­tion of reg­is­tered per­sons stored in the NCBD through leg­is­la­tion es­tab­lish­ing and reg­u­lat­ing the NIDS.

Sev­eral pieces of leg­is­la­tion will be amended with the in­tro­duc­tion of the NIDS. The statutes to be amended are the Reg­is­tra­tion (Births and Deaths) Act, Mar­riage Act, Forgery Act, Pass­port Act, Im­mi­gra­tion Re­stric­tion (Com­mon­wealth Cit­i­zens) Act, Ja­maican Na­tion­al­ity Act, Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act, Rev­enue Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act and Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act.

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