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Oct 4, 2018

Amendment to General Registry Act Debated by Senators

Another piece of legislation relating to registration that was debated by the Senator was an amendment to the General Registry Act which seeks to alleviate the administrative burden of the Registrar General. P.U.P. Senator Valerie Woods pointed out that the Act was first passed in 1954 and the only amendment was made in 1977 which made her question why it took so long to correct the issue.

 

Valerie Woods

Valerie Woods, P.U.P. Senator

So for over forty years in essence what we are changing is the ‘who’ and so I am curious in understanding the rationale and the process that got us to how this now corrects the ills. Clearly there are many other things substantively that needs to be amended in this one, the General Registry, but as well as in all the others but I am not seeing that. What I am seeing is that change of person responsible and if it is then are we saying, for all this years, that has been the issue in these departments?”

 

Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse, Government Senator

“Of all the bills that I have just read, Births and Deaths stand out because in Cabinet notwithstanding numerous complaints there was nothing that we could do because it was not under the executive where it rightfully belongs to fix the problem. It is under the judiciary. Bring it under the executive now gives us in Cabinet an opportunity to look at some of the things. One of the main things with Births and Deaths in this country is citizenship.”

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