Afghanistan Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) will open more centers for distribution of electronic National Identity Cards (e-NIC) in Kabul, spokesman of the authority Rohullah Ahmadzai said.
The electronic national ID card system was officially launched in May 03. President Ashraf Ghani and the First Lady Rula Ghani were the first who received the cards.
So far 1,500 people have received electronic ID cards and 35,000 others have filled forms for it, Ahmadzai said.
“So far 7,100 families have visited our office and we have distributed 7,100 family forms to them,” he added.
TOLOnews journalist Ziar Yad who visited an e-NIC distribution center in Kabul on Monday said people were in queue to fill apply for the cards.
Gul and Samsor, residents of Kabul, said they have visited the center to fill forms for electronic identity cards.
“If we take electronic ID cards, it will accelerates work at government departments and also the number of crimes and corruption will decrease. It has many benefits for development,” Gul said.
“People are coming and here is crowd, but they are working very well,” Samsor said.
The process, however, met sharp reaction by a number of political leaders including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
The political leaders and a number of parliament members have repeatedly asked the president to stop the process.