LAHORE: The controversy over polling method for Lahore High Court Bar Association’s (LHCBA) annual election was resolved amicably on Tuesday after the election board decided to hold the polling both electronically and manually. All candidates reached an agreement on holding the polling with biometric and manual ballots, the LHCBA election board chairman, Javed Iqbal Raja, told LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah at the hearing. Candidates also endorsed the statement before the chief justice during a chamber hearing of a petition moved by presidential candidates Chaudhry Zulfiqar and Sardar Khurram Latif Khosa. The chief justice then disposed of the petition in light of the out-of-court settlement. About 21,481 eligible voters would exercise their right to vote to elect LHCBA cabinet for year 2017-18 on February 25. Only 13,000 members are registered with the biometric system.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2017.