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Cabinet decision on ID cards unchanged: CEO

Cabinet decision on ID cards unchanged: CEO

Aug 30, 2015 - 22:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said the Council of Ministers decision about the issuance of electronic identity cards remained unchanged and would be implemented.

Abdullah, while talking to Electoral Reform Commission members, stressed the importance of electronic IDs for transparent elections.

He reiterated that no changes had been brought to the cabinet’s decision regarding the ID cards.

“Some people came to me with different views. We listened to them but we will act based on the law,” he said, adding the distribution of the new ID cards would help resolve major problems concerning elections.

“We are hopeful that this programme starts very soon,” Abdullah said without specifying any date.

Mujib Rahman Rahimi, CEO’s spokesman, had said that the distribution process of electronic IDs would start on August 19 to coincide with Afghanistaninfo-icon Independence Day. Later it was suspended indefinitely by the Presidential palace.

The issuance of electronic IDs has been controversial over the past several years due to differences over whether or not to write the word “Afghan” in the cards, a major bone of contention among politicians.



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