Kabul: The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan plans to launch a nationwide census, as there is no exact information on the country’s population, media reported.
“We finalized a project and presented it to the cabinet. We are looking for support and means to do the census. Maybe foreign donors will help us and then we will start the census,” Faqir Mohammad Ziar, head of the National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA), was quoted by TOLO News as saying on Thursday.
According to the NSIA, some technical equipment related to national electronic ID cards was looted during the collapse of the former government in August last year.
Electronic ID cards are currently issued in 19 of the 34 provinces.
Ziar said there will be some changes in the design of national electronic ID cards, including the name of the Islamic emirate.
However, the NSIA, assured that efforts are underway to expand the distribution of national electronic identity cards.
More than six million people have received the electronic identity cards, according to the NSIA.
“While there are problems everywhere and financial facilities are limited, we are trying to provide citizens with the means to obtain national electronic identity cards in nearby centers,” said Haseebullah Mowhid, MP for the NSIA.