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The Government launched its online birth registration initiative in Abaco on April 13, 2017. Shantera Mackey (seated), the mother of Carmelle Larissa Mackey, is pictured receiving the first printed online birth certificate. Also shown from left to right are: Deirdre Maycock, Acting Registrar General; Renardo Curry, Member of Parliament for North Abaco; Talbot Collie, BTC Vice-President of Family Island Affairs; the Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development and the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs. (BIS Photo/Kathryn Campbell)

Online Birth Registration Launched in Marsh Harbour

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development Philip ‘Brave’ Davis officially launched the government’s online birth registration initiative in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, on April 13 at the Bahamas Government Complex.

Shantera Mackey, the mother of Carmelle Larissa Mackey, was presented with the first printed online birth certificate during a brief ceremony.

Mr. Davis, who headed a small delegation which included Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson, described the mobile initiative as a “milestone achievement.”

Mrs. Maynard-Gibson said the Registrar General’s Department is proud to be able to empower Bahamians in this very “significant” way.

“We have been travelling throughout the entire Bahamas not only to make certified copies available – we reinstated this in 2012 – of all documents, but also now to enable persons to get live birth certificates, ultimately death and marriage certificates as well, in real-time,” she said.

“Gone are the days where persons have to travel to New Providence to get from the database or to put into the database something that can happen right here in real-time in their own community,” she added.

Online birth registration has also been launched in Cat Island, Eleuthera, Andros, the Berry Islands and San Salvador and is expected to come on stream in other Family Islands.

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Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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