Transgenders demand change of voting dates in Tamil Nadu

Citing a three day long festival of transgenders, Bharathi Kannama Trust has written to the District Collector requesting the Election commission (EC) to change the Lok Sabha poll dates in the state of Tamil Nadu.

A transgender activist, Bharathi Kannama said that she would not be able to vote in the forthcoming parliamentary election due to the Koovagam Koothandavar festival.

The representatives of the transgender community in Madurai pleaded to the District Collector S Natarajan in a letter, demanding the rescheduling of the Lok Sabha elections, which will be held on April 18 in a single phase.

“We cannot accept the dates for two reasons. First, a huge number of people throng Madurai to witness the Chithirai festival. So, pilgrims attending it will not be able to cast votes.

Secondly, transgenders from across the country will attend a 3-day long transgender festival in Viluppuram district from April 15-17. This will surely affect voter turnout. Nearly 6.5 lakh transgenders will take part in this festival. All of their representation will be neglected. I appeal to the Election Commission to reconsider the other date,” said Bharathi.

On March 12, an all-party delegation demanded the postponement of Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu, in view of its clash with Chithirai festival
from April 8 to 22 in the state.

Counting of votes will be done on May 23.

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