|Posted by Vybz Queen on October 25, 2019 at 1:55 AM|
As taken from The Jamaican Star:
Persons with voter ID cards that were issued before 2016 will have to visit Electoral Office of Jamaica offices to renew their cards. However, persons with cards issued between 2016 and 2019 do not have to visit an EOJ Office, as their cards will be reprinted and they will be notified when ready.
The renewal exercise will begin November 4.
The new identification cards will be the standard wallet-sized cards and will have a lifespan of at least 10 years. Theisea Allison, assistant director of elections in charge of information systems, said the new cards will be tamper-proof.
“Design and security of the new cards are comparable to the specification standards of a national identification card. The security features are designed within the artwork of the cards. Those features are resistant to counterfeit alterations and other photo substitutions,” Allison said.
"The preprinted cards will be produced by security printers overseas. What we will do in Jamaica is the personalisation, so your name and address will be added. These are cards that are similar to the cards used for the Canadian Permanent Residency and the United States [of America] Green Card. That’s the standard we use for these new cards,” she said.
The article ends here.
I find this very interesting. This process had stopped to facilitate the new ID system that were introducing. So many people had an issue with its implementation stating that it was the mark of the beast and a violation of privacy. We have yet to see them roll it out but this is great news for many Jamaicans. It is uncertain if it has been delayed indefinitely or if it is still on the fast track to becoming a real thing.
But it is a huge positive that persons can now renew their Voter IDs. It is also pretty nice that we can expect huge upgrades that are more aligned with first world countries. The lifespan of the card is also a nice touch. 10 years is a reasonable amount of time. It has not been made public the cost of the design and security upgrades but I am sure it cost quite a great deal, however, it is a good investment for the growth of Jamaica. We are on the path to becoming a more stable economic countryand I am hoping that one day in the not too far off future I can see Jamaica reach first world status.
What do you think of the new cards and whole situation with the new ID system? Share with me in the comments below.