Afghanistan’s Taliban Government Eliminates Election Commissions

The government-run by the Taliban left in charge of Afghanistan after Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of US military forces from the war-torn country earlier this year has announced that it has dissolved the nation’s two election commissions.

A deputy spokesman for the Taliban government, Bilal Karimi, said that the Independent Election Commission and Electoral Complaint Commission had been dissolved. Following the collapse of Taliban rule of the nation by a coalition led by the United States in 2001, the commissions were created in 2006. The government’s ministries for peace and parliamentary affairs have also been disbanded.

Karimi said that the terminated agencies are “unnecessary institutes” under the current Afghan government, and if they are ever needed later, the Taliban can bring them back.

Almost all nations’ global community is holding back on formally recognizing the Taliban-run Afghan government. Despite the Taliban’s public assurances that they do not want to reinstate a dictatorship as ruthless as the one in existence more than two decades ago, most countries remain suspicious of the new administration.

The dissolved commissions were created to supervise and administer all elections in Afghanistan, including national presidential and parliamentary elections and those for local councils and officials.

The Taliban also closed down the Afghan Women’s Affairs Ministry immediately after assuming control of the country after the American withdrawal.

That ministry was replaced with the Ministry of Prayer and Guidance and the Ministry of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Those agencies are tasked as the “morality police” of the Taliban, acting as enforcers of the most restrictive interpretation of Islamic Sharia Law. Earlier this month, the United Nations issued a report describing a “rapid reversal” of women’s rights in Afghanistan after the Taliban resumed control.

The UN has declared a “profound humanitarian crisis” in Afghanistan because of the Taliban takeover and the collapse of the nation’s banking system, and a financially crippling liquidity crisis.