The major bottleneck to e-Tazkira distribution

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 03:13 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 76 times

The long delayed distribution process of electronic identification cards or e-Tazkira ran into yet another problem. The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament rejected the presidential legislative decree amending the Population Registration Law. Whether or not to write nationality and ethnicity in the electronic identification cards was a controversial issue, which had paved the way for opportunists to sow the seeds of disunity among Afghan people. One side persisted that the terms, ‘Afghan’ and ‘Islam’ should be written for nationality and religion in the e-Tazkira, while the other side stressed on writing ethnicity. Thus, the president thought the inclusion of both of them in the electronic ID was the only solution, so he issued the presidential degree to modify the law. But the Wolesi Jirga rejected it, calling on the government to initiate the e-Tazkira distribution process based on the old law. 

 

E-Tazkira is a long-delayed project that can further be procrastinated by Wolesi Jirga’s rejection of the presidential decree. There are intentional efforts to portray the disagreement about the wording of the identity related information in the e-Tazkira as the only reason for the delay in the distribution process, while there are other major factors behind it. 

The distribution of electronic ID cards is the first step toward ensuring transparency and accountability in the country, because they are very important in all areas, from transparency in election to decreasing the level of crimes. Therefore, some foreign and domestic circles who think e-Tazkira threatens their interests block the process. 

In addition to the domestic mafia who sees their future at stake, the e-Tazkira distribution project can also somehow restricts the interference and activities of foreign intelligence services in Afghanistan. Thus, the local mafia networks and foreign elements have joined hands, and are trying their best to delay, if not completely halt, the process because their interests can easily be protected in a lawless Afghanistan. 

The lawmakers should have realized the sensitivity of the issue, and decided as the country’s best interests required. Now, all the branches of the government should join hands and not allow the enemies of Afghan people to exploit the opportunity to divide Afghan people by ethnicities, and push the key national project to the brink of failure. Given its significance, the e-Tazkira project has strong enemies, and the government should act wisely and vigilantly in this regard.