The overhaul of the electoral system was one of the agreements made by two presidential frontrunners after a contested 2014 election. They went on to sign a power-sharing deal and create a unity government two months later.
President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah promised they would reform the electoral process to guarantee a fair vote in time for the next parliamentary election in 2015 but failed to deliver.
Announcing in spring the election date, the electoral committee accused unnamed powerful officials within the administration, as well as foreign embassies and international organizations, of obstructing the on-time delivery of the election under pretext of reforms.
The upcoming election is now more than a year overdue. It will elect 249 lawmakers to the Wolesi Jirga (House of the People) for a five-year term. Voters will also cast ballots in the district council elections.