GUWAHATI, May 20 - Prabrajan Virodhi Manch convener and an independent candidate from Guwahati Lok Sabha seat Upamanyu Hazarika today registered a complaint with the Election Commission of India seeking removal of the Returning Officer of Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency.
In his complaint to the ECI, Hazarika referred to two incidents as the ground of his demands. �I have asked the Commission to take action against the incident of suspiciously storing unused EVMs of Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency in the vicinity of the EVM storage strong room at Amingaon. This was done without intimation to any of the candidates in Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency.
�Further, on May 17, another communication was issued by the said officer who sought presence of candidates for opening of the strong room at Amingaon May 20, three days prior to counting without any reason. The move was subsequently withdrawn upon protests,� he stated.
Hazarika also alleged that both the incidents show that the officer in question was acting with a motive to unduly influence the election outcome and thus, �his ability to conduct the electoral process fairly is doubted.� � Staff Reporter