Afghan govt makes progress in eID plans

02/03/17

The Afghan government has approved legislation that recommends the issuance of biometric eID cards in the Central Asian country.

This week, the government signed the draft amendment regarding the article sixth of the census law.

The draft amendment was approved through a legislative decree issued during a meeting of the cabinet of ministers.

The amendment paves the way for the inclusion of the word ‘Afghan’ as the nationality in the e-cards besides including other specifics of the individuals such as the ethnicity details of the card holders.

The step by the government is considered a key move to resolve the controversial issue which was creating barriers for the distribution of the electronic ID cards.

This comes as the Afghan government has stepped up efforts to organize the parliamentary elections and has taken major steps in bring reforms in the election bodies.

However, there are concerns that a fair and transparent election will not be possible in the absence of electronic ID cards.

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