|History and Biodata
2. Previous Functions
Director General of the Electronic National Identity Card (e-NIC) department (20151221)
Humayun Muhtat Humayon Mutaat Humayoun Muhtat
The Afghan government first announced plans in 2009 to implement the biometric identification cards, which would store the voter’s fingerprints, digital photos, personal and family status, and place of residence. Despite the biometric ID card providing a more accurate profile of the Afghanistan population, its rollout has been hindered by a slew of logistical issues and controversy surrounding card holders being described as “Afghan”.
The term is mainly intended to mean “Afghanistan nationals”, but also implies a reference to ethnic Pashtuns.
There are some in government circles whose interests could be harmed by the electronic ID cards. I distribution of the electronic cards starts, elections will immediately become transparent. Therefore, those who want to create opportunities for fraud are obstructing distribution.
The main issues have been a disagreement about whether to include ethnicity, last year’s (2014) lengthy process of electing a new president due to a run-off vote and allegations of corruption, and continuing security issues.