Taliban dissolves Afghanistan’s 2 election commissions, saying they are not needed

The Taliban disbanded Afghanistan’s two electoral commissions as well as the state ministries of peace and parliamentary affairs, an official said on Sunday.

Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Taliban government in Afghanistan, said the country’s independent electoral commission and electoral complaints committee had been disbanded.

He called them “unnecessary institutions for the current situation in Afghanistan” and said that if there was a need for the commissions in the future, the Taliban government could reorganize them.

The international community is waiting before extending formal recognition to the new rulers of Afghanistan. They have been warned that the Taliban could impose an equally harsh regime as when they were in power 20 years ago – despite guarantees to the contrary.

Both electoral commissions were mandated to administer and oversee all types of elections in the country, including presidential, parliamentary and provincial council elections.

Karimi said the Taliban also disbanded the Ministry of Peace and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. He said they were unnecessary ministries in the current structure of the government.

The Taliban had previously shut down the former Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

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