Connect with us

Latest News

IEC to Use ‘Existing ID Cards’ in Upcoming Elections

Ariana News

Published

 on

(Last Updated On: December 6, 2017)

The Independent Election Commission ( IEC ) on Wednesday said the existing National Identity Card (Tazkera) would be used in the upcoming parliamentary and provincial councils elections.

The commission has previously suggested a biometric system to identify and register voters for the upcoming elections; however, the plan was being failed due to lack of budget.

Wasima Badghisi , the operational Deputy of IEC said that the decision to use the existing ID cards in the next year’s elections was taken after discussing the issue with political parties and civil society organizations.

The registration process of the voters will be started in March 2018 and Population Registration Department is expected to distribute the ID cards to 10 million eligible people.

“In the process of this method, transparency and justice are being considered in order to prevent any kind of deception [in elections],” said Guljan Abdul Badi Sayad, Spokesman for the IEC.

However, the observers believe the plan will have a negative impact on transparency of the elections.

“This plan is really challenging; it has many gaps and we hope the commission notice that, [the election commission] can’t be prepared for registration process from a time point of view,” Yusuf Rashid, the Executive Director of Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA).

Management crisis within the election commission and lack of voters’ list  are considered as major challenges for the upcoming  parliamentary and the provincial councils elections which are due to be held in less than eight months.

COVID-19

WHO pledges $112 million for COVID vaccines

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 26, 2021)

The World Health Organization’s COVAX programme has pledged $112 million for COVID-19 vaccines to reach 20 percent of Afghanistan’s population, an Afghan health official said on Tuesday.

Speaking to journalists, the deputy health minister, Waheed Majroh, said it would take about six months to get the vaccines.

The COVAX programme is a global scheme to vaccinate people in poor and middle income countries against the coronavirus and aims to deliver at least two billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021 to cover 20 percent of the most vulnerable people in 91 poor and middle-income countries.

Reuters reported that aside from COVAX, the country has also received a pledge of 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India.

Dr Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, head of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation at Afghanistan’s health ministry told Reuters that the “AstraZeneca brand which is manufactured in India will arrive soon in Afghanistan.”

Nazari said government was only concerned about the WHO approval of the vaccine and that the pre-qualification process has already started.

Afghanistan has registered a total of 54,854 infections and 2,390 deaths – but experts say the actual numbers are much higher and are underreported due to low testing and limited access to medical facilities in the war torn country.

Continue Reading

Latest News

Ghani shares his concerns on polio problem with Bill Gates

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 26, 2021)

President Ashraf Ghani and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, held a video conference call on Monday night to discuss the polio situation in Afghanistan.

During the meeting the Gates and Ghani expressed their concerns over the surge in polio cases in Afghanistan due to restrictions imposed by the Taliban in areas under their control, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

“The two sides also held a comprehensive discussion on reforming the polio vaccine implementation process and increasing facilities in this regard,” the statement read.

Bill and his wife Melinda run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a funding organization, and polio eradication is one of their top priorities.

The foundation contributes to technical and financial resources to accelerate targeted vaccination campaigns, community mobilization, and routine immunizations and assists in dealing with the disease in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

The virtual meeting on Monday night comes after the Afghan Ministry of Public Health claimed this week that more than 3.5 million children have been deprived of anti-polio vaccinations due to restrictions imposed by the Taliban in several provinces.

The Ministry stated that the Taliban’s restrictions on the house-to-house vaccination campaign have increased from three to ten percent of homes in the last three years.

Mirjan Rasikh, head of the Polio Eradication Program said on this year’s campaign, which started just over a week ago that: “Although the Taliban promised to cooperate in implementing the vaccine, they have prevented it more so than in the past.”

“Children in Paktia and Maidan Wardak have missed the immunity doses against the poliovirus due to the Taliban’s restrictions,” Rasikh said.

The Taliban not only failed to cooperate with the process but also prevented thousands of children from getting the vaccine in Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, Kunduz, Takhar, Paktika, and Paktia provinces, the Public Health Ministry said.

Continue Reading

Business

Central Bank to replace old and damaged banknotes

Ariana News

Published

on

(Last Updated On: January 26, 2021)

Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank) said Tuesday that new banknotes are being printed and will be put into circulation in Afghanistan soon.

Addressing a press conference, the Bank’s General Manager for Payments Mir Aziz Baraki stated that the bank collects around 3.8 billion AFN worth of old and damaged banknotes from circulation each year and replaces them with new banknotes.

Baraki added that the bank would issue 380 million notes this year in the denominations of 10, 20, 50, and 100 AFN.

The official said an amount has already been printed and would be released into circulation soon.

There is an estimated 293 billion AFN (approximately $3.7 billion) in circulation in Afghanistan currently.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2021 Ariana News. All rights reserved!