Wednesday, January 18, 2006 – Chief Elections Officer Carson Raggie is
again encouraging the general public to cooperate with enumerators of an ongoing
house to house enumeration exercise.
Mr. Raggie says though some members of the general public may consider some of
the questions as being strange, the information is important for the revision of
the electoral register and registration for access to health care services under
the Universal Health Care Programme, when it comes on stream.
“Registration is voluntary in particular registration to vote, and if you do you
do not wish to be registered or to be verified there are procedures and
processes that will take place so as to enable the department to either get
information other than what you have provided them with or put you where you
ought to be but the only way your name will be deleted is when you have died or
when you have left the country for the period stipulated by law,” Mr. Raggie
He says persons who refuse the enumerators are doing so at their own risk as
they will not be issued with the new National ID Cards, which will become vital
in the new CSME environment and for access to services under the UHC.
“So if you do not wish to apply for that national ID Card it is totally up to
you. When the opportunity comes and you do not have a National ID Card, then you
would be able to access the Universal Healthcare which will be introduce. So it
is entirely up to the person. If the person do not want to cooperate, then at
some stage will have to come back to the office or to a registration centre to
obtain that national ID,” Mr. Raggie said.
The new, free of charge, identification card will is embedded with additional
security features to combat identify theft. The card holder will also be able to
travel freely to countries within CARICOM using that document.