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ARG Under Fire Over Controversial e-NIC Process

A number of lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) and members of the public on Thursday said that the rolling out process of Electronic National Identity Cards (e-NIC), based on the president’s legislative decree, is against the law and national interests.

They said the Presidential Palace needs to address the concerns of the people and if not, the Chief Executive Officer needs to roll out the cards based on the law approved in 2015.

Meanwhile, CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s office has warned that if the Presidential Palace continues to ignore the concerns of the public, then they will be forced to act regarding the controversial process.

“If stubbornness and obstinacy continue regarding the illegal and non-national distribution of identity cards and public protests also continue, we as the government will not have any option except to surrender to the will of the people,” Hashmatullah Dadfar, media advisor in the CEO’s office said on Thursday.

“The decree number 24 dated 12/12/1395 (02 March 2017) was issued without taking into consideration the social, political and cultural reservations and brought some amendments in the census law, this can create serious social and other challenges,” said one MP Muhaiuddin Mahdi.

“The rolling out process of Tazkira (ID cards) should lead to further unification and brotherhood between the ethnicities in Afghanistan,” said MP Abdul Rauf Enaami.

Officials from the Afghan Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) however have said that the rollout process is proceeding based on the president’s decree and that it has nothing to do with political differences.

“The government leadership has issued an order and we launched this national process, if they ask for a change in the process, we are obliged to implement the government’s directives,” ACCRA spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said.

According to ACCRA, until now, over 1,000 people have been issued with the e-NIC and hundreds of families have also applied for their cards.

ARG Under Fire Over Controversial e-NIC Process

The CEO’s office has also said they will be forced to take action if the Presidential Palace fails to address concerns.

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A number of lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) and members of the public on Thursday said that the rolling out process of Electronic National Identity Cards (e-NIC), based on the president’s legislative decree, is against the law and national interests.

They said the Presidential Palace needs to address the concerns of the people and if not, the Chief Executive Officer needs to roll out the cards based on the law approved in 2015.

Meanwhile, CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s office has warned that if the Presidential Palace continues to ignore the concerns of the public, then they will be forced to act regarding the controversial process.

“If stubbornness and obstinacy continue regarding the illegal and non-national distribution of identity cards and public protests also continue, we as the government will not have any option except to surrender to the will of the people,” Hashmatullah Dadfar, media advisor in the CEO’s office said on Thursday.

“The decree number 24 dated 12/12/1395 (02 March 2017) was issued without taking into consideration the social, political and cultural reservations and brought some amendments in the census law, this can create serious social and other challenges,” said one MP Muhaiuddin Mahdi.

“The rolling out process of Tazkira (ID cards) should lead to further unification and brotherhood between the ethnicities in Afghanistan,” said MP Abdul Rauf Enaami.

Officials from the Afghan Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) however have said that the rollout process is proceeding based on the president’s decree and that it has nothing to do with political differences.

“The government leadership has issued an order and we launched this national process, if they ask for a change in the process, we are obliged to implement the government’s directives,” ACCRA spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said.

According to ACCRA, until now, over 1,000 people have been issued with the e-NIC and hundreds of families have also applied for their cards.

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