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Senate approves president’s decree on census law

Senate approves president’s decree on census law

Nov 19, 2017 - 17:38

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Mesharano Jirga or Senate on Sunday approved a presidential decree amending the Population Registration Law after it had been rejected by the lower house.

In March, 2013, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) shared a draft population registration law in seven chapters and 39 articles with the lower house, which approved the draft within a month.

However, many people around the country opposed the law and demanded addition of nationality and tribe in new computerized identity cards after the president approved the law in September 2014.

On March 2, 2016 following protests, the president approved amendment to Article sixth of the law about distribution of electronic ID cards. Based on the presidential decree, nationality and tribes would also be mentioned in identity cards.

On October, 30 this year, the Wolesi Jirga  rejected the presidential decree, triggering protests and prompting the government to call for a review of the decision.

Speaking at Sunday’s session of the Meshrano Jirga, Senator Mohammad Hashim Alkozai, who heads the Senate security affairs commission, said in line with the presidential decree No. 242, words tribe and religion had been added to the electronic identity cards.

He said during meetings all members of the house permanent commission had approved the changes to the law and the changes required to be approved by the house. All the 47 lawmakers present approved the decree.

Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar thanked lawmakers for approving the law and independent status of the computerized identity card distribution organization.

According to principles, if the two houses of parliament differ on an issue, then a joint commission is created to hold consultative meetings.

The Senate chairman introduced seven members of the house for the joint commission.