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Wolesi Jirga receives draft law on census

Wolesi Jirga receives draft law on census

Mar 30, 2013 - 20:06

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib on Saturday presented the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon -- lower house of parliament -- a draft law on population census aimed at preventing the issuance of forged computerised ID cards.

Ghalib said the draft comprised of seven chapters and 39 articles and it had been prepared in compliance with Cabinet directives.

Under the draft law, computerised ID cards would be issued to all Afghans in three phases.

In the first phase, the cards would be issued to children aged up to six years old and those above six to 17 years would be issued the cards in the second phase.

People older than 17 years would obtain the ID cards in the third and last phase, according to Ghalib, who explained ID card for children below the age of six years would carry no photo.

The minister said date of birth of children would be verified from hospitals and their parents over next three months.

Migrants should inform the registration department if they intend to change living address for more than six months, he said, adding there is permission to change name once in life for those yet to reach the age of 17 years.

Under the new law, people with unknown identity would be issued ID cards in light of a decision from the Supreme Court, the minister said.

As Ghalib concluded his explanation, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs handed over a copy of the draft to speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.


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