LHC Halts Bureaucratic Involvement In Upcoming Polls 

The directive to recruit bureaucracy for election purposes stands suspended until further review by the judiciary.

LHC Halts Bureaucratic Involvement In Upcoming Polls 

By suspending the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision to hire Returning Officers (ROs) and District Returning Officers (DROs) from the bureaucracy, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has thrown a wrench into Pakistan's impending general elections.

The ruling was made in response to a petition that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Umair Niazi submitted, raising issues with the electoral process's impartiality.

In an extensive five-page interim order, Justice Ali Baqir Najafi outlined important concerns about the use of bureaucracy in elections. He underlined the high expenses the country bears in holding elections and voiced concern that if big political parties challenge the outcome, a large amount of public funds may be wasted.

The verdict emphasized the electoral watchdog's primary duty to guarantee free and fair elections that provide both candidates and voters with equal chances. The court's concern emphasized the possible danger to democracy if the electoral process does not provide the intended results.

The Chief Justice will now be involved in the case since a larger bench will be deliberating on it due to the court's recognition of the matter's national importance. The order to hire bureaucrats for electoral purposes is on hold in the interim while the judiciary conducts additional review.

To preserve the integrity of Pakistan's democratic process, this court intervention seeks to address important issues about the electoral process, highlighting the necessity of justice and openness in the conduct of elections.