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Majority Afghans support e-NICs distribution: Surveys

Majority Afghans support e-NICs distribution: Surveys

Feb 25, 2018 - 16:10

KABUL (Pajhwok): Online surveys of some media outlets has showed that on an average four out of five participants agreed to the distribution of Electronic National Identity Cards (E-NICs) currently underway.

In March, 2013, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) shared a draft population registration law in seven chapters and 39 articles with the lower house.

The lower house approved the law with requesting changes in some controversial articles.

However, many people around the country opposed the law and demanded addition of nationality and tribe in e-NIC cards.

On March 2, 2016 following protests, the president approved amendment to article sixth of the law. Based on the new presidential decree, nationality and tribes should also include in the identity cards.

But the amendment in the law was rejected by the Wolesi Jirga while approved by the Meshrano Jirga.

However, the two houses then approved the law in a mixed delegation. But a number of lawmakers still opposed the final decision of the joint delegation.

Hasht-i-Subh and Salam Watandar asked people: Are you agree with the inclusion of word Afghan in the e-NICs? The VOA asked: Should the e-NICs be distributed or not? and Pajhwok asked people: Do you want to get e-NICs?

In Hasht-i-Subh, Salam Watandar and Pajhwok surveys till Saturday afternoon 167,000 people have answered the questions and the percentage of negative and positive answers had been indicated.

The number of people who answered the VOA survey could not be visible but the percentage of negative and positive answer could be seen on the page.

The survey showed the number of people against the distribution of e-NICs is small

People shared different views

Kochai Aslami has written in the comment box of Salam Watandar’s survey: “The e-NICs should be distributed in line with article four of the constitution which called mother of all laws.”

Article four of the constitutions says: “National sovereignty in Afghanistan shall belong to the nation, manifested directly and through its elected representatives. The nation of Afghanistan is composed of all individuals who possess the citizenship of Afghanistan. The nation of Afghanistan shall be comprised of Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Turkman, Baluch, Pachaie, Nuristani, Aymaq, Arab, Qirghiz, Qizilbash, Gujur, Brahwui and other tribes. The word Afghan shall apply to every citizen of Afghanistan. No individual of the nation of Afghanistan shall be deprived of citizenship. The citizenship and asylum related matters shall be regulated by law.”

Aslami termed the word Afghan a symbol of national unity for all tribes living in the country and a pride for the fathers and elders and said: “I hope we will be able to protect our national pride and write the word Afghan in our NICs.”

Ajmal Ahmadi wrote in the comment box of Pajhwok Afghan News survey: “Yes, hundred percent I would take e-NIC. I am a Tajik but proud be Afghan citizen, death to the enemy of Afghanistan and lovers of dollars.”

But some people shared different views:

Omaid Etemadi, one of the facebook user showed opposition to the word Afghan. He wrote: “Everyone wants e-NICs but with their own identification, Afghan is the name of a specific tribe and not allow any effort to duplicate our nationality.”

Ahmad Zaki Afshar wrote in Hasht-i-Sub survey comment: “No there is no reason to write Afghan in NICs, but if by writing Afghan the security situation could improve I will be agree if you even write the word sheep.”

Mohammad Nader Afghan wrote: “Nothing can be achieved from ridicules viewpoints, there is no difference among people but some biased individuals have been promoting the inhuman and non-Islamic agenda. Please stop promoting hate among people if not you will the first to burn in the flames of this fire.”

Mohammad Wais Payab, technical deputy head of the Population Registration Department, said there was no differences among people on e-NIC issue the problems was with the politicians.

He asked the political brass of the country to end their differences on e-NICs as soon as possible.   

He said as many as 550 top government officials have completed their biometric process for the e-NICs and the process was currently underway in at Presidential Palace since February 16.

The Central Statistic Orgnaisation (CSO) could not be reached for comments regarding the survey.


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