Upamanyu Hazarika demands change of returning officer for Gauhati LS seat
GUWAHATI: Upamanyu Hazarika, one of the contenders of the Gauhati Lok Sabha (LS) seat, has requested the Election Commission to change the returning officer for the Gauhati LS constituency.
In a letter sent to the Joint CEO, Election Commission of India, Mohan Lal Sureka, Hazarika also demanded the removal of the returning officer from his duty.
According to reports, on April 29, large numbers of unused EVMs were transported from Tezpur to Amingaon, Kamrup (R) in the middle of the night. The unused EVMs were unloaded for storing at Himmatsingka workshop which was in close proximity to one of the strong-rooms of the Guwahati LS constituency in Amingaon.
Hazarika in the letter also stated that the candidates for both the Tezpur and Gauhati LS constituencies were not informed about the transfer. Hazarika said: "This is a serious lapse on the part of the returning officers of Tezpur and Gauhati Lok Sabha Constituency, particularly the fact that the unused EVMs were stored in a place proximate to the Gauhati Lok Sabha Constituency strong-room and none of the candidates was informed,"
He further added: "To maintain the sanctity of the electoral process, it is imperative that the returning officer Shri KK Baishya should be forthwith removed and substituted."