Through voters awareness campaigns, this year the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has managed to register 381 transgenders for the upcoming polls. The figure is still low, as the city approximately houses 5,000 transgenders. Since many transgenders didn't posses Aadhar card or Pan card, they failed to procure a voter ID and thus couldn't register themselves.
“This year we had put up camps for the transgender community to help them register themselves and arrange voter ID for them. Those who had identity proofs got their voter IDs, but many didn't have any such proofs so we couldn't help them,” said a spokesperson from Humsafar foundation, an NGO which promotes LGBTQ rights.
This year the transgender community have come forward to participate in the polls. A great example of this is the candidature of Priya Patil, a transgender candidate who will be competing from Kurla. Commenting on the figure of registered transgender voters, Patil said, “The government has never really given importance to our community so far which is why many do not even have ID proof of their own. Lack of awareness is reducing the social entitlement of this community. I would try to increase the social entitlement if I get elected.”
Patil is the only transgender candidate of the total 2,275 candidates. Out of the 2,275, 1,190 are male candidates and 1,084 female candidates.
A total of 91,20,811 voters have registered to vote for the upcoming civic elections which is scheduled on February 21, 2017.