Over 28,000 transgenders in electoral roll for LS elections

New Delhi: Nearly two years after the Election Commission introduced ‘others' gender option, over 28,000 transgender community members have registered in the electoral roll so far and will be eligible to vote in Lok Sabha
over 28 000 transgenders in electoral roll for ls...
PTI March 06, 2014 18:12 IST
New Delhi: Nearly two years after the Election Commission introduced ‘others' gender option, over 28,000 transgender community members have registered in the electoral roll so far and will be eligible to vote in Lok Sabha election.

The Commission said a total of 28,314 such people have been registered in its roll till now. EC officials said with the last opportunity of enrolling in voters list being on March 9, the number could rise.

The enrolment column depicts “Others” for transgender category of people apart from the regular options meant for ‘Male' or ‘Female' voters. This category was introduced by EC in 2012.

The poll body, which announced the election schedule yesterday with the first polling day being April 7, said the country at present has a total electorate of 81.4 crore (ten crore more than the last Parliamentary elections) compared with 1.76 crore during the first Lok Sabha polls in 1952.  

 
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