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LHC Stops Bureaucratic Hand in 2024 General Election

LHC Stops Bureaucratic Hand in 2024 General Election.

Pakistan Election Shakeup: Court Blocks Bureaucracy’s Polling Role

A major twist in Pakistan’s upcoming elections! The Lahore High Court (LHC) has temporarily stopped the Election Commission (ECP) from appointing bureaucrats as Returning Officers (ROs) and District Returning Officers (DROs), raising concerns about potential bias and unfairness.

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Here’s what went down:

  • PTI leader Umair Niazi challenged the ECP’s decision through a petition, sparking the court’s intervention.
  • Justice Ali Baqir Najafi, in a detailed order, pointed out:
    • The enormous cost of elections and
    • The potential for wasted resources if parties contest the results due to perceived bias.
  • The court emphasized the ECP’s crucial role in ensuring fair and transparent elections, guaranteeing equal opportunities for all.
  • Worried about potential damage to democracy, the court escalated the case to the Chief Justice for further hearing by a larger bench.

What this means:

  • Bureaucrat recruitment for election duties is on hold until the court decides.
  • This decision shines a spotlight on concerns about fair elections and the potential influence of bureaucracy.
  • The larger bench will ultimately determine the legality of using bureaucrats in polling roles.

This judicial intervention signifies:

  • A proactive approach to safeguarding the integrity of Pakistan’s electoral process.
  • A commitment to preventing potential manipulation and ensuring a level playing field for all.
  • A significant development that could impact the outcome of the 2024 general elections.

With the court’s attention firmly on the electoral process, Pakistan’s next elections promise to be closely watched and potentially redefined.

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