The Chief Executive: Distribution of Electronic National ID Cards is Illegitimate without Public Agreement and Consensus

The Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah announced that without public agreement and consensus, distribution of electronic national ID cards is illegitimate.

At today's press conference which took place at the Sepidar Palace, the Chief Executive said that distribution of electronic Tazkira without national consensus and agreement at the level of government meant inviting to division, dispersion and discrepancy. We are in the situation where the only way to confront the challenges is unity and convergence of people and leaders of the government.

Dr. Abdullah said that national processes, including distribution of national ID cards and the election, require a strategy and method that would bring people together rather than divide them. Peace and security, anti-corruption, reduction of poverty and unemployment, holding parliamentary and presidential elections are considered top priorities of the country.

Stating that the leaders of government should be committed to serving people, the Chief Executive added: "Distribution of Tazkira is one of our main demands, and this process was supposed to begin three years ago. But raising new legal issues caused controversy. No one disagrees with distribution of Tazkira as a whole.”

Dr. Abdullah emphasized that in the current difficult situation that we go to the elections and there is widespread security crisis in the country, we should not deceive people. With deception and distortion of public opinion, we can’t reach anything.

Dr. Abdullah noted that there is no doubt that distribution of Tazkira is a national process and will help security and planning when this process is implemented. But for the obvious reasons, the current process is failing. As a large percentage of the people do not find the opportunity to get Tazkira, and the other part of it invites people to divide and disperse, so it is not for the good of the people.

The Chief Executive said that unilateral action, regardless of the will of the people, was due to superficial view and non-commitment to the interests of the country and the people. In a situation that we need national unity and solidarity, we should not be the agent of dispersion or division.

Dr. Abdullah reiterated: "We do not want to be involved in a process that we know its consequences. This process will fail and will not be legitimate without considering the will of the people."

The Chief Executive said, “Those who started the process did not think about its consequences and that they cannot change the mindset of people by doing such things. No process that is contrary to the people’s will can be imposed on them.

Dr. Abdullah called such a move contrary to political agreement of the National Unity Government and said that political parties demanded to be given a role in the Parliament. “If the electoral reform did not start with a delay, today there was no such a controversy. A delay in the commencement of the Electoral Reform Commission’s work and lack of forming the Constitutional Amendment Commission shows lack of commitment to the political agreement,” the Chief Executive added.

The Chief Executive asked whether they had seen any democratic system or country in which parties are not involved in the elections and in the Parliament. In the Electoral Reform Commission, 11 people out of 13 voted for the role of parties’ involvement, but their decision was based at the request of two people which today caused a controversy with the parties.

Dr. Abdullah said, “Distribution of paper ID cards is a priority in order for the voter registration process and preparing the list of voters to be successful.”

In a part of his speech, the Chief Executive congratulated the World Press Day, saying that the media and freedom of expression in the country are good but require more to be done and reform.

The Chief Executive added that freedom of speech had been achieved with great sacrifices so it should be preserved.