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Issuance of e-ID cards to begin in 2 days: Senators

Issuance of e-ID cards to begin in 2 days: Senators

Dec 31, 2017 - 18:39

KABUL (Pajhwok): The process of issuing electronic national identity cards (eNIC) will start in the next two days, a number of Meshrano Jirga or Senate members said on Sunday.

They said the first e-NIC would be issued to the president and the chief executive officer (CEO).Senator Zalmai Zabuli from southern Zabul province, told today’s session that ID cards would be issued in compliance with the decision of the joint committee of both houses of the parliament.

According to him, the joint committee has approved inclusion of nationality and ethnicity in the new e-NIC and the draft law has been endorsed by President Ashraf Ghani.

Abdullah Qarlaq, a legislator from northern Kunduz province, referring to some differences in this regard, said: Differences over ID card in the current situation is not in favor of Afghanistan and and the decision by the joint commission is legitimate.”

Abdul Baqi Baryal, a representative from Ghazni province, said: “A number of circles with their double standards behavior want to disrupt the ID cards issuance by raising unreasonable voices. We want the government not allow certain individuals who are under foreigners’ influence to disrupt the process.”

Following the establishment of the unity government, President Ashraf Ghani approved the law on population registration, in which nationality and ethnicity was not mentioned. 

As protests against not mentioning the two words in the ID cards continued, the president issued a legislative decree adding nationality and ethnicity to the cards. The decree then was rejected by the Wolesi Jirga but was approved by the Senate. 

To resolve the disagreement, a joint committee comprising members of Wolesi Jirga and the Meshrano Jirga was formed to decide on the issue. The committee two weeks ago approved the inclusion of nationality and ethnicity in the new e-NIC. 

On Saturday, however, a number of MPs again said they were against the inclusion of the nationality and ethnicity in the e-NICs.

They said four members of the joint committee had been absent when the decision was made and that it contravened Article 100 of the Constitution.

Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, while lending his weight to the decision by the joint commission, called it legitimate, saying no one would be allowed to prevent the distribution of electronic ID cards.

He asked the government to take action against those creating hurdles to the process and allow no one to postpone the national process.