By: Suraya Raiszada
Afghanistan National Statistics and Information Authority says the decision related to putting name of tribe in e-tazkiras has been made based on demands of elders of various tribes in the country.
According to the authority, by adding and putting list of all tribes in e-tazkiras system now Afghans citizens can select their tribe upon filling out forms in the authority’s website. The authority has informed of putting and adding 54 new tribes in the e-tazkira system.
The authority has said elders of a number of the country’s tribes through various official channels have asked for putting and adding their tribes not codified clearly in the country’s constitution in e-tazkiras.
In interpretation of the third part of fourth article of the country’s constitution interpreted by Supreme Court said specification of 14 tribes does not mean to exclude them and the phrase of all tribes includes other tribes without the 14 tribes mentioned in the constitution; therefore, putting them in national identify card not forbidden based on the law.
Previously, the names of most tribes of the country had not been put in e-tazkira as they were not mentioned in the country’s constitution.
There are dozens of tribes living in Afghanistan, but there are only 14 tribes mentioned in the country’s constitution.
Meanwhile, second vice president Sarwar Danesh has opposed Afghanistan National Statistics and Information Authority’s recent step and plan for putting names of new tribes in the e-tazkira system. Danesh has said that what has been put in the e-tazkira system by the country’s national statistics and information department is far from professionalism.
“Identification of tribes requires further professionalism as it is an academic, historic and cultural job; therefore, a hastily decision should not be made in this regard,” Danesh said.
Previously, Afghanistan National Statistics and Information Authority had declared that elders of a number of smaller tribes have asked for putting and adding their tribes not mentioned in constitution in e-tazkira system.
Ministry of Interior’s General Directorate of Passports announced on Wednesday that the process of distributing passports on paper ID has been stopped. The department announced that the process of issuing and distributing computerized passports for paper ID cards has been stopped.
According to the statement from now on applicants can obtain passports only after they are issued an electronic identity card.
National Statistics and Information Authority of Afghanistan indicated that in order to provide better services, cut the time short and prevent the provision of parallel service, electronic ID cards will be distributed to Afghan citizens. Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have welcomed the move started by both National Statistics and Information Authority and the country’s passport department, stressing that distribution of e-tazkiras can help the government towards most of its programs and plans.
It is worth mentioning that the new step taken by national statistics and information authority has been met with a backlash from social media users, but the authority has said that the decision has been made based demand of elders of various small tribes.