Guwahati || Upamanyu Hazarika Seeks Removal Of Returning Officer

Upamanyu Hazarika, Independent candidate of the Gauhati Lok Sabha (LS) seat, has registered a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking the removal of the Returning Officer of the Gauhati LS constituency, KK Baishya.

Hazarika has alleged that Baishya was involved in “suspiciously storing unused EVMs of Tezpur Lok Sabha Constituency in the vicinity of the EVM storage strong room in Amingaon, without intimation to any of the candidates in Guwahati Lok Sabha Constituency”.

He also claimed that on May 17th, 2019 another communication was issued by the said Officer who sought the presence of candidates for the opening of strong room in Amingaon on May 20th, 2019, “three days prior to counting without any reason”.

“Both of these decisions show that this Officer is acting with a collateral motive to unduly influence the election outcome and I don’t have faith in his ability to conduct the electoral process fairly,” Hazarika mentioned in the letter.

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