The CEO’s office said on Sunday that the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders have agreed on the roll out of electronic identity cards and that the process will start soon.
Jawed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the CEO, said the issuance of electronic identity cards is a priority for the NUG and its leaders are ready to start the process.
“Leaders have the motivation to issue the electronic cards and currently it is a priority for government,” Faisal said.
However, a number of MPs said the roll out of electronic identity cards has been postponed due to political disagreements between NUG leaders.
“The population registration law has been approved and there are no obstacles in the way of issuance of electronic identity cards,” said Fatima Aziz, an MP.
“The issue of electronic identity cards is a serious matter as it can reveal most information regarding Afghanistan’s citizens.,” said Aziz Rafiee, CEO of Afghan Civil Society Forum.
Political analysts also say the process has been delayed as it has become a political issue.
“It is a political issue rather than a technical issue and its political aspect is more complicated,” said Haroon Mir, a political analyst.
The issuance of electronic identity cards was a commitment by the NUG leaders that has not yet been fulfilled.
It is believed that if the cards are issued, Afghanistan would be able to hold a more transparent election.