|History and Biodata
1. Former Electronic National Identity Card (e-NIC) department Head:
Humayun Muhtat (20151221, 20170322)
Mohammad Wais Payab appointed as technical deputy director for the distribution of the electronic ID cards (20170725)
2. Previous Functions
Director General of the Electronic National Identity Card (e-NIC) department Biometric Identity Cards Issuing Authority (BICIA)
Humayun Muhtat Humayon Mutaat Humayoun Muhtat Humayoun Mohtat
The Afghan government is expecting to start the distribution of the electronic national identity cards in July 2017.(20170322)
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.