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E-NIC Roll Out Pending Presidential Order as 250 Gov’t Officials Bio-Registered  

(Last Updated On: February 19, 2018)

The roll out of Electronic Identity Cards (e-NIC) pending order from President Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan Population Registration Department Spokesman said on Monday.

Rohullah Ahmadzai, Spokesman of the department said since last five days at least 250 government officials have already completed biometric process and their names have been entered in the database.

“The registration process continues, and the Population Registration Department is ready from technical point of view,” he said.

The move, however has already been criticized by a number of government officials and political parties.

Mohaiyudin Mehdi, a member of ‘Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistan’ stressed that the issuance of electronic ID cards requires a national consensus; he asked the government to suspend the distribution of the new national identity cards.

Meanwhile, Bashir Ahmad Tayenj, Spokesman of Junbesh-e-Islami party warned that they will not remain silent, if the government continues to ignore the demands of political parties.

Last December, a joint parliamentary commission approved a presidential decree to pave the way for the start of the process.

The decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was issued to modify the controversial article 6 of the census law which prevented the launch of electronic national ID cards distribution since a long period of time.

The decree stated that the nationality of the ID card holders should be mentioned as Afghan while the religion should also be reflected in the card as Islam.

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