Officials from the Population Registration Office and electronic National Identity Cards (e-NIC) said on Tuesday that the new e-NIC will contain nationality and ethnicity information and that they will start the roll out process within this coming month.
This comes after members of the Wolesi Jirga (the Lower House of Parliament) on Monday rejected President Ashraf Ghani’s legislative decree to amend the population registration law that said the nationality and ethnicity information should be included in e-NIC.
The population registration office however said parliament’s vote on the population registration law does not affect their work and they are ready to roll-out the cards based on the president’s decree.
“We will process our work based on the law that has been officially printed and sent to us,” Rohullah Ahmadzai, senior adviser and spokesman for the office said.
Ghani’s decree said the population registration law should be amended and the 4th and 6th articles of the law should be removed. MPs however rejected the decree.
A number of MPs on Tuesday said they have rejected the law and the removal of the two articles and that everything is finalized.
“The decree was rejected by the MPs and no department including the president’s has not the right to implement it,” MP Ghulam Farooq Majrooh said.
But Afghanistan’s Lawyers Union secretary head Ainuddin Bahaduri said: “The last decision on the legislative decrees are being made by the MPs. They can approve or reject the decrees.”
Afghan people however said the electronic National Identity Cards should be rolled-out without considering any political perspectives being factored in nor any political interference.
“The tension between government and parliament should be resolved as soon as possible,” a Kabul resident said.
From here, the decree on population registration law will go to Meshrano Jirga (the Upper House of Parliament) and if senators approve the amendment to the law, then a committee comprised of the two houses will decide on the fate of the law.