Almost 400,000 paper ID cards issued in two months

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s office says the use of fake identity cards will be prohibited during elections.

At least 400,000 people have received new paper national identity cards in the past two months and most of these people are eligible to vote, the population registration department of Afghanistan’s census department said Thursday.

According to the authority, more than 4,000 staff members are working at 1,053 centers to issue identity cards to applicants.

“People’s turnout for paper identity card’s has been very low, but recently, especially last week, the attendance of paper identity cards applicants was extremely high,” the department’s spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said.

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Date for distribution of e-ID cards to be announced next week

Population Registration Department (PRD) is set to announce a clear date for distribution of electronic Identity Cards (e-ID Cards) next week, officials said Sunday.

The Population Registration Department said that they are ready from a technical perspective to begin issuing e-ID cards in Kabul.

“We are set to announce a date for the beginning of this process,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, Spokesman of the PRD.

This comes as earlier, the office has set August 14 as the date for e-ID cards (Tazkera) rollout, but the plan has not been implemented.

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