Madurai: The Chief Election Commissioner
Navin B Chawla has said instructions had been given
to authorities concerned to revise the format of electoral
rolls to indicate the sex of Transgenders as `Others`.
The Commission had decided and permitted the Transgenders
to register as "other" or "o", he said, describing their
request for identity option on the rolls as legitimate.
Chawla said the Commission had revised the format of the
Electoral rolls modifying the column head to indicate their
sex as "others".
Necessary instructions had been issued to electoral
registration authorities concerned to give effect to the
Commission`s decision, he said at the third Convocation of the
Tata-Dhan Academy here last night.
Referring to the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he said the
successful conduct of the polls was due to a host of factors
including deployment of micro-observers.
As many as 1,40,000 micro observers were deployed in
the elections which led to tremendous amount of objectivity in
the process, he said.
He said India had a unique Election observation system. The
home grown observation-mechanism had done well in India as
evidenced by the constant demand by opposition parties for
increased number of observers.
"Vulnerability Mapping" that identified villages that were
vulnerable to intimidation overt or silent was another factor
that led to the successful conduct of polls. Some 86,782
villages were identified as vulnerable and in some villages
people voted for the first time since independence.
In electoral roll preparation and creating voter awareness,
NGOs as well as Corporate houses and service Providers joined
hands to assist the Commission`s efforts.
The Commission was also willing to provide Braille
Electronic voting Machines to help the visually impaired cast
their votes, he added.