LAHORE:In Lahore High Court Bar Association’s (LHCBA) election on Saturday (today), 12,879 eligible voters will decide the fate of 15 candidates for four seats, one each for president, vice president, secretary and finance secretary.Muhammad Ramazan Chaudhry from the panel of Bhoon Group and Rana Zia-ur-Rehman from Professional Group are vying for the president slot. The position of Chaudhry is stable. Six candidates are contesting for one slot of vice president. Although candidates for every slot are moving from pillar to post to win the elections but the main focus is on the presidential election. Rana Zia is a candidate of Professional Group of Lawyers led by Hamid Khan. Ramazan Chaudhry is a candidate of Independent Group led by Asma Jahngir. Members Pakistan Bar Council Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon, Azam Nazir Tarar are backing him.
For the slot of VP, six candidates are in the run. They include Sheikh Sakhawat, M. R. Awan, Sardar Tahir Shahbaz Khan, Ch, Muhammad Saleem, Mian Waseem and Rashid Lodhi. Four candidates are vying for the seat of secretary including Jawad Ashraf, Uzma Razzaq Khan, Anas Ghazi and Sharjeel Adnan Sheikh. A tough contest is expected between Anas Ghazi, son of former LHC judge Nazir Ghazi, and Sharjeel Adnan Sheikh, son of prominent lawyer Akram Sheikh.Syed Asad Bukhari, Deeba Khan and Muhammad Zeeshan Amir are contesting for the seat of finance secretary.
Election Board Chairman Advocate Shahzad Shaukat said that only those lawyers would be eligible to cast vote who had got themselves registered with biometric system of the bar Shahzad Shaukat said unlike the previous elections of the bar, no one would be allowed to cast vote manually and requested the bar members to get themselves registered with the new system to exercise their right to vote.
He said they would install 58 machines on the polling day at three different places of LHCBA to facilitate the voters. He said voting would continue from 9am to 5pm, with a lunch break of one hour, and no non-lawyer would be allowed to enter the LHC premises on election day.He said to cast the vote, a voter must have his original CNIC and the bar card with him. He said the photocopy of the bar card would not be accepted.