The Prime Minister, Sunday afternoon told the public session of the Annual Conference of the governing Jamaica Labour Party, that he was interested in having further dialogue on the measure before it is implemented.
He said the regulations accompanying the Act are yet to be drafted, and it was crucial to canvass the views of a wide cross-section of the society so that those views might be reflected in those regulations.
“And so those persons who did not get to submit their views on the NIDS can now do that, because we are going to go island-wide with a public education campaign to make sure that every single Jamaican understands what it is that we’re trying to do,” he said.
The government has presented the National Identification System (NIDS) as one intended simply to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.
Under this system, each citizen will be provided with a nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.
Mr. Holness, in his speech, acknowledged the concerns of some religious groups about the use of the unique number, in keeping with their interpretation of scriptures.
He said he understood their concerns and will be making a special effort to meet with them to allay their fears.
- Countries: Jamaica