Some applicants for electronic identification cards raised their concerns about not getting their ID cards, saying that it has been two weeks since the printing and distribution of electronic ID cards in Kabul has stopped.
The applicants added that they are unable to register their names online due to technical issues with the Department of Statistics and Information's website.
"I completed the biometric procedure two weeks ago, and now that I have returned, they have told me that the printing papers have been finished and that we have signed a contract with another country. Please come in five days," said Mohammad Uzair, an applicant for an ID card, told TOLOnews.
“I came from Mazar because there it was too crowded, I wanted to get the ID card here, but they said the process has stopped,” Fawad, another ID card applicant, told TOLOnews.
The process of distributing ID cards has been stopped, according to a TOLOnews reporter who visited one of the electronic ID card distribution centers in Kabul's Macroyan area.
"The system online is having issues. The issue is that when we go to the ID card website, there is a problem with the site when we register,” Nasrullah, another ID card applicant, told TOLOnews.
The Department of Statistics and Information has not commented despite repeated requests.
According to numbers from the Department of Statistics and Information, over 2,161,888 electronic ID cards have been distributed in the last 11 months, and over 8 million citizens have received ID cards.