No justification left to delay e-Tazkira distribution

Monday, 12 March 2018 03:15 Written by  The Heart of Asia Read 189 times

All legal barriers to the distribution process of electronic national identity cards (e-NICs), also known as e-Tazkira, have been removed, and therefore any more delay in the rollout of the national process is not justifiable. Legal and political experts say that key national projects such as e-Tazkira should not fall victim to political expediency and foreign plots.
Approximately a month ago, many senior government officials, including President Ghani, completed their biometric registration to obtain e-Tazkira, but the distribution process has not yet been kicked off, and the biometric registration is also limited to the Presidential Palace, which is said to have been stopped now.
Zahid Safi, a legal expert, says that while all legal obstacles to e-Tazkira distribution have been addressed, if the national process is “victimized” for political expediency, people will further lose their faith in the government.
“The government is responsible to implement a process when it has passed through all legal stages, or else it is a violation of laws,” Safi told The Heart of Asia, calling on the government not to let the e-Tazkira distribution process also fall victim to “political deals” similar to other major processes.
According to him, the president has issued a legislative decree to amend the Population Registration Act which has also been verified by a join committee of Wolesi Jirga and Mashrano Jirga, so there is no more excuse to delay the process.
Husni Mubarak Azizi, a political expert, alleges that some circles, including foreigners, are creating barriers to the project to protect their personal interests. “The issue is not the inclusion of nationality in e-Tazkira. Circles that oppose the distribution of electronic identity cards are trying to use the issue for gathering the support of an ethnicity, and for political exploitation.”
Some foreign elements also hinder the process for fear that electronic ID cards could bring transparency to the country, adds Azizi, believing that they have a lot of secret activities which could be prevented if e-Tazkira is distributed as it makes is possible for the government to track every person and activity in Afghanistan.
He calls on the government to rollout e-Tazkira as soon as possible, regardless of any political reservations.
Waqifullah Rohani, a member of Kabul Provincial Council, says the government should start the distribution process of electronic identity cards at all costs.
“The delaying of the key national project allows outside interference, and also widens the distance between people and the government,” Rohani told The Heart of Asia.
Rohani stresses that the president has completed his biometric registration so if he doesn’t obtain e-Tazkira, it means he doesn’t have the will to rollout the process, and has capitulated to the pressure of some individuals.
According to him, the opponents of e-Tazkira distribution, including the chief executive officer and some other people, are pursuing only their personal interests, and that the process is not important for them.
Despite repeated attempts, The Heart of Asia could not get the stances of the Presidential Palace and Office of the Chief Executive.

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