Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Gerald Burton has defended plans for a national identification card for the purposes of voting in Dominica.

However, the enrollment/confirmation exercise for the card cannot begin unless Parliament passes certain laws.

Government took an amendment to House of Assembly Electors act to Parliament in may but protest action by the opposition forced a suspension of the sitting.

Burton told a town hall meeting of the Electoral Commission at Portsmouth on Tuesday, a multi-purpose ID card was pursued with the OECS two years ago but the process encountered difficulties.

Meantime, Chief Election Office, Stephen Larocque says the commission is ready to embark on the enrollment/confirmation process to prepare for the issuance of the national Identification cards.

He says on completion of the enrollment /confirmation exercise , a new updated electors list will be printed and published for scrutiny