The Chairman of Anwari Foundation on Sunday strongly criticized the roll out process of Electronic National Identify Cards (e-NIC) by the Presidential Palace (ARG), saying that the exclusion of some of the tribes and ethnicities such as Sadat has discouraged some people from applying for their e-NIC.
Meanwhile a number of legal experts have also said that government must ensure that all tribes and ethnicities are included in the new cards.
Chairman of the Anwari Foundation Sayed Mahdi Anwari called on government to stop the process.
“Afghanistan is the common house of every Afghan and every Afghan citizen is supposed to be equal and brothers with each other but removing one ethnicity or some ethnicities indicate the peak of discrimination and prejudice,” said Anwari.
“Officials from the population registration center said that only 14 ethnicities have been included in the constitution and they will be written on the electronic identity cards and rest of the ethnicities must pick one of the 14 ethnicities, we should realize the fact that in the constitution, after the 14 ethnicities mentioned there is notba full stop, there is space for other ethnicities also, it means that ethnicities such as Sadat, Bayat, Qarloq and other people who live in this country have got the right for their identity rights to be preserved,” added Anwari.
According to legal experts, there are a number of shortcomings in the e-NIC system which need to be resolved and that the non-existence of some of the tribes and ethnicities in the ID cards was in contradiction to the law.
This comes a few weeks after President Ashraf Ghani officially announced the start of the process, defying opposition regarding the issue even from his own CEO Abdullah Abdullah and other Afghan political elites and certain tribes.
The electronic national ID card system was officially launched in Kabul on May 3 when Ghani and First Lady Rula Ghani were handed their cards.
Electronic ID cards roll-out is based on the president’s legislative decree that includes ethnicity information in the ID cards while a number of citizens of Afghanistan say that they do not want ethnicity information on their cards.
Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah has meanwhile strongly opposed the process.