India's first transgender election ambassador


Transgender social activist Gauri Sawant has been appointed as one of the 12 election ambassadors in India from Maharashtra. 

During 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections there was no record of transgender voters. 


In a historic decision by Supreme Court of India in 2014 transgenders got their rights to vote. In 2014 918 voters were registered in the third gender category which is now gone up to 2086. 

There are 113, 184, and 123 registered transgenders in constituencies of Bhiwandi, Kalyan, and East Mumbai respectively. North Mumbai constituency has registered the maximum number of 324 transgenders.

As per the Election Commission of India Gauri’s appointment would help in more people in the trans category to enroll for voting and help in making the upcoming general elections a success.  



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