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Afghan ministry to issue identity cards before 2014 polls

Afghan ministry to issue identity cards before 2014 polls

Nov 01, 2012 - 13:36

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Ministry of Interior said they would issue about 6.5 million electronic identity cards before the elections in April 2014.

Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahman announced on Wednesday at a joint press conference with the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) that they would start issuing new identity cards in December 2012.

He said they have appointed a total of 400 teams nationwide to manage the distribution of the cards and the whole process would cost $110 million.

The project is jointly carried out by the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology, and currently they are training staff for the election project.

Meanwhile, IEC commissioner Fazl Ahmad Manawi, who also addressed the media conference, said the electronic identity cards could help ensure transparency, as all voters would be legitimately registered.

In the previous presidential election, voters were estimated at 17.5 million but only five million people casted their votes.

On Wednesday the IEC announced that the presidential and provincial elections would be on 5th April, 2014.



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