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E-ID cards vital to transparent elections: Badakhshan PC

E-ID cards vital to transparent elections: Badakhshan PC

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Sep 17, 2015 - 16:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Provincial Council (PC) of northeastern Badakhshan province on Thursday called a delay in distribution of computerised Identity (ID) cards harmful to the upcoming election.

The 15-member council, including three womeninfo-icon, said the law allowing distribution of e-ID cards had already been approved and, therefore, the process should began.

Naji Nazari, the PC head, told Pajhwok Afghan News, all members agreed writing the word Islamic Republic of Afghanistaninfo-icon in the e-ID cards justified the word Afghan and there was no need for its separated mention.

He said with the distribution of computerised ID cards, the election process would become transparent and it would have a positive impact on issues such as security and crime control.

The population census law was endorsed by the president last year, but some legislators, civil societyinfo-icon and political parties have been demanding the inclusion of the words Afghan and Islam in the cards. 

Ahmad Javed Hashimi, the PC secretary, said the e-ID cards had passed through all legal procedures and only distribution was pending.

Mammoth protests have been held across the country against the exclusion of the words Afghan and Islam from the ID cards. Most of demonstrators have warned of not receiving the ID cards in their present form.

nh/mud

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