President Ashraf Ghani Thursday has approved the amended draft of the Census Law to authorize the printing of the word “Afghan” on the electronic ID cards as the “nationality and ethnicity” of the holder of the card, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
The long-debated matter was considered as a ‘potential hurdle’ for the electronic National Identity Cards (e-NIC) rollout.
The amendments to Article Six of the Consensus Law were recommended by the Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish last year when he started presiding over the Laws Committee of Ghani’s cabinet.
The presidential press statement said the e-NIC rollout will start soon.
The issuing of the electronic identity cards is deemed as a major step towards hold transparent and fair elections in the country.
This comes after earlier this month the electronic National Identity Card department said the politicization of the word “Afghan” is the reason for the suspension of the identity card rollout process.
The department said at least $70 million USD has been spent on the process so far.