KABUL, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan government on Thursday officially launched the distribution process of e-Tazkira or electronic identity cards, the state-run television reported.
"We mark another historic day, and I am pleased to announce the distribution of e-Tazkira by becoming the first Afghan to receive it," Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was quoted by the Radio and Television of Afghanistan (RTA) TV as saying.
Ghani said the e-Tazkira would help Afghan government to further promote good governance, economic planning and provide best public services to all citizens as well.
"Economic development planning, providing services and good governance is impossible without having accurate and complete information about citizens," he said.
After launching the process of computerized national ID cards, the government will also be able to provide better security and prevent deadly security incidents, the Afghan leader added.
Currently Afghans are carrying national ID cards made by a simple paper.
The government was expected to issue electronic ID cards three years ago but the process has been delayed due to political reasons.