Taliban shuts down ‘unnecessary’ election commission, peace ministry — Analysis

The Taliban has dissolved a number of “unnecessary” ministries and electoral bodies, including Afghanistan’s two election commissions. The group plans to replace them with a “grand council” structure, a spokesman said.

The decision to scrap the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) and Electoral Complaint Commission was reportedly taken on Thursday, but announced by government spokesman Bilal Karimi on Sunday. Also, the state ministry for peace and parliamentary affairs were also shut down.

The following description of the commissions is given: “unnecessary institutes for the current situation”Karimi stated that in Pakistan, the “Islamic Emirate [would] revive”They will be there in the future “if we ever feel a need.”

Formed in 2006, the IEC panel was tasked with administering and supervising the country’s elections, from the presidential and parliamentary polls to provincial council races, according to the commission’s still operational website. Many election officials died in the decades before the Taliban tookover. These deaths were caused by attacks by various armed groups.

The panel’s former head, identified only as Aurangzeb, told AFP that the Taliban had “taken this decision in a hurry”The move would be deemed illegal. “would have huge consequences.”

If this structure does not exist, I am 100% sure that Afghanistan’s problems will never be solved as there won’t be any elections.

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Halim Fidai was a top politician under the overthrown regime and governed four provincial governments for the last two decades. This decision shows how the Taliban can be ruled, according to him. “does not believe in democracy”And “gets power through bullets and not ballots.”

Meanwhile, the Taliban’s Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted by a local news outlet as saying on Sunday that the bodies were dissolved “due to economic woes”Since they “were a burden on the government.”

Taliban working towards creating an administration structure that features a “grand council and other common councils,”Mujahid said that Mujahid had directed the internal affairs body to move the employees of dissolved ministries and commissions.

The group previously closed down the former Western-backed government’s women’s affairs ministry, replacing it with the ministry for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice.

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