Government’s breach of public trust is unacceptable
Kingston, Jamaica, November 12, 2017: The People’s National Party (PNP) notes with alarm and dismay the blatant breach of trust by the Andrew Holness led administration regarding the much discussed National Identity Systems Bill.
The PNP notes in particular clause 41 which provides that Jamaicans will not be able to access public services without having their National Identification.
The Party is shocked and disappointed at the action of the government to deny Jamaicans access to essential services on any account.
By way of bi-partisan agreement in the Lower House, it was also accepted that persons without identification would not be denied access to essential services such as health, water, fire services, police services etc.
Having left the Lower House with this agreed position by Government and Opposition, the Government is seeking to change this provision and replace it with one that is less secured.
The Opposition decries the back door action of the Government and the way in which it has treated this Bill. This represents a betrayal of the trust placed in it and does nothing to foster confidence and bi partisan collaboration.
We therefore call on the government to stop, rethink and do not change the provision. We further again call on the government to consult in a real and meaningful way, enlist the views of Jamaicans before using its majority to pass this far reaching and unreasonable bill.