CEO office says the president’s legislative decree on e-NIC should be finalized by parliament before the roll-out process.
MPs Should Finalize Ghani’s Decree On e-NIC: CEO Office
The office of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (CEO) said on Tuesday parliament members should finalize president Ashraf Ghani’s legislative decree on the electronic national identity cards (e-NIC) and the government will decide about the issuance process.
CEO spokesman Mujib Rahman Rahimi said the government should give more time to the people and MPs to discuss the e-NIC.
“Afghanistan citizens have a right to discuss the matter and it is their legal right to share their concerns. Legal problems on the matter still exist in parliament and discussions are ongoing. The government can make its decisions after the finalization of the parliamentary decision,” Rahimi said.
The e-NIC’s issuance process was delayed once again. Earlier a joint committee of parliament and Senate had approved president’s decree based on which the nationality and ethnicity information would be included in.
Now a number of MPs say the move is against the law and they emphasize that the issue once again should be included in the parliament agenda and they, as MPs, should decide the matter.
Even though the population registration and e-NIC office had specified Tuesday, 2 of January, as the first day of e-NIC issuance by handing the first card to the president, the population registration office now says that the process is delayed due to presidential business.
“We were prepared and had sent registration forms to the president, but the presidential palace told us that this week president is too busy and we will specify a day in the next weeks,” the head of population registration and e-NIC office Humayun Muhtat said.
The Speaker of the Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said the approval of the president’s decree by the joint committee is legal and emphasized that the issuance process should be started soon.
“It was unanimously approved by votes and president also has approved it. Our serious demand from the president is that he and CEO were supposed to get their e-NIC today, why have they have not received their cards? They should get their new cards and start the process as soon as possible,” said Muslimyar.
Resources in government, however, say that e-NIC issuance has been delayed due to government leaders and a number differences in political circles.
According to reports, CEO Abdullah Abdullah, ousted Balkh governor Atta Mohmmad Noor and a number of politicians want the e-NIC to be distributed in terms on the law approved by president three years ago as published in the official gazette.