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Govt. Asks Wolesi Jirga to Reconsider Census Decree

Govt. Asks Wolesi Jirga to Reconsider Census Decree

KABUL – The government wants the National Assembly to give a second look to the rejected law and strive to approve it in the second review.
The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament last Monday rejected the presidential legislative decree adding two words “ethnicity” and “religion” in the computerized ID cards.
In March, 2013, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) shared a draft population registration law in seven chapters and 39 articles with the lower house, which approved the draft within a month.
However, many people around the country opposed the law and demanded addition of nationality and tribe in new computerized identity cards after the president approved the law in September 2014.
On March 2, 2016 following protests, the president approved amendment to Article sixth of the law about distribution of electronic ID cards. Based on the presidential decree, nationality and tribes would also be mentioned in identity cards.
A statement from Presidential Palace said the lately amended population registration decree was in line with the Constitution and people’s demand.
“It was expected the Wolesi Jirga would take decision in accordance with the Constitution by approving the much-awaited population registration law,” the statement said.
“The government wants the National Assembly to give a second look to the rejected law and strive to approve it in the second review. (Pajhwok)