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TN: Transgenders requests EC to reconsider election dates

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has written to the requesting the (EC) to change the poll dates in the state in the wake of Koothandavar, a 3-day long festival of transgenders.

Speaking to ANI, Bharathi Kannama, a transgender activist, said the transgender community would not be able to vote in the forthcoming due to the Koothandavar festival.

The representatives of the transgender community in pleaded to the S Natarajan in a letter, demanding the rescheduling of the 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 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 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 to reconsider the other date," said Bharathi.

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

On March 14, Bishops' Council wrote a letter to the state urging them to changes the polling date which will coincide with Maundy Thursday, stating that it would not be conducive for the people of the Christian community.

Earlier, some leaders had also raised objections over the clash of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections with the holy month of Ramzan.

The Election Commission had announced the schedule for Lok Sabha elections. The dates for the seven phases are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting of votes will be done on May 23.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 14:33 IST