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PNP wants National ID Bill reviewed by joint select committee

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party's (PNP) President, Dr Peter Phillips says, the midnight amendments to the National Identification System Bill, which were introduced in a marathon session in the Senate on Friday, further underscores the need for the Bill to be sent before a joint select committee where all the contentious issues can be hammered out.

Dr Phillips, who, according to a PNP release, had urged the Government during the debate in the lower house to send the Bill to a select committee when it was first piloted, said he stands with the Opposition Senators and the many Jamaicans from churches and civic organisations who raised their voices in protection of the rights of the people.

Senator KD Knight led the Opposition team in insisting that public consultations need to be held prior to any passage and signing-off of the Bill.

Other Opposition Senators were forthright in their stance that the speed and process to the passing of this Bill, which will require every Jamaica to surrender so much personal information, was not in the best interest of Parliamentary democracy, nor the interest of all Jamaicans, the PNP said in its release.

The debate continues Monday.

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