Mizo TransgenderAIZAWL, Feb 22: Nearly seven years after the Election Commission introduced ‘others’ gender option, six transgenders have registered for the first time in the Mizoram electoral rolls for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, published by the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) today. There is a total of 7,84,405 voters in Mizoram, including 4,02,408 females, 3,81,991 males and six transgenders, or ‘third genders’ as officials put it. CEO Ashish Kundra said this is the first time that ‘third gender’ option is introduced in Mizoram. 

Across India, 28,314 third genders have enrolled in the electoral rolls. 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. As usual, female voters outnumber their male counterparts by 20,417, and the sex ratio is 1053. The CEO said there are 14,032 new voters. With this, 97 per cent of eligible voters in Mizoram have been enlisted in the electoral roll, he said. 

The elector-population ratio is 613. The CEO also informed that 11 new polling stations have been introduced, one in Kolasib, three each in Aizawl and Lunglei and four in Lawngtlai. He said preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls have been kicked off.

Guv summons Mizoram Budget session 

AIZAWL, Feb 22: Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan today summoned the Budget session of the State Assembly from March 12, Assembly secretary SR Zokhuma said. Zokhuma said that the detailed calendar of the coming session would be finalised by the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) chaired by Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo. The BAC is most likely to hold a meeting on March 4, he said. – Correspondent, Assam Tribune

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