Opposition welcomes government's decision not to appeal NIDS judgment

Julian Robinson, MP and General Secretary, People's National Party


Julian Robinson, Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Eastern, who was successful in his legal challenge to the National Identification and Registration Act, has welcomed news that the government will establish a joint select committee to review the proposed legislation for a national identification system.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck disclosed at a press conference on Wednesday morning that a redrafted bill will be presented to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament.

Mr Robinson told RJR News that he was pleased that the government will not appeal the Supreme Court's April 12 ruling that the Act, known commonly as the NIDS law, was unconstitutional.

“We welcome the opportunity to participate in the Joint Select Committee, and to have a NIDS bill which is consistent (with) and upholds the principles of our Constitution and the rights of the Jamaican people,” he told RJR News.

He added that the opposition People’s National Party (of which he’s General Secretary) is “ready and willing… to play our role in advancing NIDS, once it does not infringe on the rights of the Jamaican people.”

Mr Robinson urged the Government to ensure that the Data Protection Bill is passed before the new NIDS law.

The Data Protection Bill is currently before a Joint Select Committee which last met 13 months ago, and, according to Mr. Robinson, needs to be attended to as soon as possible, since it was intended to be have been enacted as a prerequisite to the operation of the National Identification and Registration Act.


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