Srinagar: Lawyers on Monday re-elected advocate Mian Qayoom as president of Kashmir High Court Bar Association for next one year.
Qayoom, one of Kashmir’s prominent lawyers, defeated advocate Ghulam Nabi Shaheen in a direct contest by a margin of 197 votes.
Qayoom bagged 429 votes, exactly a hundred votes more than the last year’s election, while Shaheen, who fought the elections on the slogan of ‘vote for change’, got 232.
More than 900 lawyers were eligible to vote but only 664 of them voted to elect the president. Three votes were rejected.
Addressing the lawyers soon after the election results were declared, Qayoom listed his priorities and vowed to pursue the ongoing struggle with same zeal as in the past by the lawyers’ body.
“Ongoing freedom struggle remains the priority for the Bar association and I assure you that the team you elected will continue to pursue with it as was the case in the past to take it to its logical conclusion,” Qayoom said.
He also assured lawyers that the association will play an active role in resolving the issues facing the lawyers and will play due role in shifting the lower courts to Mooominabad complex as soon as possible.
The lower courts are presently operating from Sanatghar, Bemina (where the elections were held) after their shifting from centrally located Lal Chowk following the floods last year.
He also thanked all those who voted in his favour and assured to “live up” to their expectations.
Meanwhile, for the post of vice-president, incumbent Aijaz Ahmad Bedar defeated advocate Abdul Ahad Rather by a big margin of 322 votes. Bedar, who won election in different capacities of the association on the 13th occasion today, bagged 496 votes while Rather managed only 174 votes. Four of the 674 votes casted for the vice president’s post were rejected.
“Resolution of Kashmir issue remains the biggest issue and the Bar Association has to play more active role in this regard,” Bedar said in speech post the declaration of the results.
He also thanked the lawyers for re-electing him, saying they have shown that tried people were a better choice.
The polls also saw the election of Advocate Bashir Sidiq to the post of general secretary. Sidiq defeated Advocate Mohammad Ashraf Wani by a margin of 177 votes. While Sidiq bagged 416 votes, Wani got 239 of the total 659 votes polled for the post. Four votes were rejected. For the post of joint secretary, Anwar-ul-Islam Shaheen (374 votes) defeated advocate Shafqat Nazir (254 votes) by 120 votes. For the post of treasurer, Hamid Shafi was declared as winner unopposed.