Four months since the processing and distribution of electronic Nations Identity Cards (eNIC) was halted, the National Statistics and information Authority (NSIA) of Balkh province said on Wednesday that the process of distributing identity cards (e-Tazkiras) has resumed in Mazar-e-Sharif.
The acting head of the NSIA in Balkh, Mohammad Noor Wasiq, said so far one center has been activated to restart services and two more centers will be opened in the coming days.
“People can register offline for the electronic Tazkira ... we will reopen more centers, if the capital ( Kabul Officials) gives permission,” said Mohammad Noor Wasiq.
The residents of Mazar-e-Sharif, who were queuing in front of the center, welcomed the opening of the center. They called on officials to reopen more centers in the city.
“The process restarted, we are happy about it, women are allowed to receive Tazkiras, we are happy,” said Maasoma Nazari, a resident in Mazar.
Officials said that more than 300 persons a day go through the biometric processing at the center.
After the victory of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, the process of issuing passports and identity cards was disrupted for weeks across the country, and citizens--including students who study abroad and patients who need to travel for medical care--were faced with serious travel challenges.