LAHORE - Election campaign for Lahore High Court Bar Association's annual election 2009-10, scheduled to be held on Feb 28, has failed to pick up its moment mainly due to the reason that there would be no contest this year on the covet slot of president as there is only one candidate in contention. Usually this time around campaign had touched its peak but this year there is a complete silence as far as the president seat is concerned, therefore voters are showing less interest in the process. Professional Group headed by Hamid Khan has fielded Justice (r) MA Shahid Siddiqui for the president seat but no candidate has come forward so far to challenge him. Justice Siddiqui's victory is very much on the cards and it is only a matter of days that he would step into the office of LHCBA president. Justice Siddqui was one of those judges who had refused to take oath under November 3, 2007 PCO promulgated by Pervez Musharraf. He had retired couple of months back after attaining the age of superannuating (62) as prescribed by the constitution. He stood steadfast against all odds as government used every available means to change his loyalties with Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Interestingly he would be the president of LHCBA at the time of 'long march' and sit-in. According to the tradition, LHCBA election campaign begins in July, six months before the election that is held in the last week of February. It seems that lawyers' movement has changed the priority of lawyers' politics and no anti-movement candidate has succeeded in election at any level of the bar. From Supreme Court Bar Association to the district bar associations, only those candidates have been elected who are affiliated with the Professional Group and participating actively in the movement. It is to be remembered that an anti-movement candidate faced a historical defeat in the previous LHCBA election, and now no one was ready to contest the election against a strong candidate like Justice (r) Siddiqi. LHCBA Secretary Rana Asadullah Khan has said that as Justice (r) Siddiqi had made sacrifices for the movement by denying taking oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order. He was the most suitable presidential candidate enjoying the support from different groups. Meanwhile, Munawar Iqbal Gondal, Babar A Khilji, Mian Jamil Akhtar and Rana Aqeel Nasir are fighting for the office of vice president. Munawar has got the backing of PML-N however he might face a challenge from Khilji. Rabbiya Bajwa, Muqtadir Akhtar Shabbir and Irfan Siddiqi are eying the slot of secretary. Rabbiya had enjoyed the finance secretary slot three years back but this time around she is up against a strong potential candidate Muqtadir Shabbir. With the likely support of Professional Group Rabbiya could easily turn the table on her opponents. On the other hand, Anila Cheema, Rai Nawaz Kharal and Rao Sami Hayat are competing for the office of finance secretary. Anila has gained the support of large number of silent voters.