Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who was accompanied by first lady Rula Ghani received the first such e-IDs.
“Today is a very important day for the country because we are launching distribution of e-ID cards,” Ghani said speaking at the ceremony in the Presidential Palace.
President Ghani talked about recent suicide attacks, saying fake IDs were a crucial aspect. The cards are also being seen as a way to root out corruption in government schemes.
“It is highly possible for a suicide attacker to have fake identity card. We are making the most important decision for security of citizens. We should know who is Afghan,” Ghani said.
However, minorities like the Hazaras, Tajiks and Uzbeks have been protesting against the ethnicity entry for I-cards.
Their argument is that declaring ethnicity as Afghans is discriminatory as that is linked to the majority Pashtuns.
Voting for the Afghan parliamentary and district council elections will take place on October 20.
The presidential polls will take place in 2019.