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RGD explains

Friday, August 03, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I write in response to a letter to the editor in the Jamaica Observer dated July 23, 2018, titled 'RGD rigmarole'.

The Registrar General's Department (RGD) would like to thank the writer for acknowledging the improvement in the level of our service over the last 10 years or so as we continue in our quest to ensure that all Jamaicans are registered and that we offer the best service to all our customers.

We also hereby use this medium to apologise to him for not making contact. This was an oversight on our part.

In his letter he stated that “one section of the form had to be signed by both my parents and a justice of the peace on the same date”. By virtue of the Registration (Births and Deaths) Act, sections 19(1) (b) (i) & (ii) and 51(c) both parents have to sign in the presence of a justice of the peace or other authorised person stipulated in the Act. This is a requirement in the law.

In this specific case, the request for a second declaration would not have become necessary had the evidence submitted not been found lacking and, hence, could not be relied upon.

The RGD attempted to verify the information presented to us; however, it was determined that there was a discrepancy on the document. The RGD had to move to the next best option — to make the requisite change and, as such, a second declaration was requested to facilitate this.

We do hope we were able to provide clarity on the need for two declarations in this specific case.

The RGD team continues to work to satisfy all our customers.

Deirdre English Gosse

Chief Executive Officer

Registrar General and Deputy Keeper of the Records

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