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Preparations finalised for distribution of computerised ID cards

Preparations finalised for distribution of computerised ID cards

Aug 23, 2015 - 17:41

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Sunday said preparations for distribution of computerised identity cards had been finalised but the process would be launched in compliance with a presidential decree.

The launch of the new ID cards was delayed after President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani raised concerns about the citizenship cards. MCIT spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said the president wanted to settle the issues linked to the new ID cards.

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s office said the distribution of computerized national identity cards would begin in two weeks.The distribution of computerized ID cards was earlier scheduled to begin before last year’s presidential election, but it had to be delayed for some reasons.

The distribution of ID cards is a joint project of the ministries of interior and telecommunications and information technology. A contract for the project had been signed five years ago.

Mujibur Rahman Rahimi, spokesman for CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s, announced that the distribution of computerized ID Cards would begin in two weeks.

He told reporters the ministries concerned had submitted their plans to the Council of Ministers with regard to the distribution of new ID cards.

Rahimi said the Council of Ministers on Monday decided to launch a test distribution process on Aug, 19. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) would oversee the process.

He said as many as 369 ID cards would be issued in the initial stage before expanding the process countrywide in the second stage.

The CEO office spokesman lamented that the absence of computerized ID cards in past last elections, but said coming elections would be conducted under the computerized cards which would help prevent rigging.