As controversy around the roll out of Electronic National Identify Cards (e-NIC) hits new heights, officials from e-NIC on Monday said the process will be carried out in line with President Ashraf Ghani’s orders.
So far over 200 families have completed their applications, including the biometric process, said officials.
But in response, officials from one of Afghanistan’s mainstream opposition alliances, the Coalition to Rescue Afghanistan, expressed their reservations over Ghani’s move, suggesting that e-NIC must be rolled out in line with the law ratified in 2015.
“Based on the prevailing law and the new order, we as an executive department and in line with the direction of his excellency the president, we formally launched the process; if there are some changes in the law (in future), then we will act accordingly. Naturally, whenever some changes are made, the process is affected,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, e-NIC spokesman.
“Until a consensus is forged at a national level and a general agreement is created, let’s not tarnish national unity more than this, which could lead to confrontation between ethnicities,” said a member of Jamiat-e-Islami party Muhayyudin Mahdi.
The current decision by the presidential palace is a move to divide ethnicities in the country, said officials.
“It’s certain that the political parties will not remain idle about the issues relating to the future of Afghanistan and the people of the country, by pursuing necessary strategies,” said Bashir Ahmad Tayyanj, a member of The National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan.
The CEO’s office meanwhile said that discussions regarding the roll out are progressing.
“Until now, the roll out process has not been formally started, only a few people have registered their names. We hope to reach a conclusion regarding the matter. If this process is not stopped and some people continue with their unilateral decision in this respect, then the chief executive officer will announce their position,” the CEO’s spokesman Mujib Rahimi said.
Based on a presidential decree, the new identity cards will contain the nationality and ethnicity of each person. However these two controversial words had been omitted from the cards in the law previously ratified in 2015.