22-year-old transwoman Riyanna will finally be able to vote for the first time in Bengaluru Central after several failed attempts at trying to get her voter ID
Bengaluru: Riyanna, a resident of Bengaluru had to wait for three years to get her voter ID. She is a 22-year-old transwoman whose application was rejected 11 times earlier.
For the first time in the country, transgender community members can cast their vote in the 2019 Assembly as well as Lok Sabha elections.
In Riyanna's case, she had been trying to enrol her name in the voters list ever since she turned 18. Every time her application was rejected, she filled in a new application and after her 12th attempt, she was finally successful.
Riyanna will cast her vote in Bengaluru Central constituency, where PC Mohan of BJP and Rizwan Arshad of Congress are contesting the election along with 21 other candidates including the likes of actor Prakash Raj, who is contesting as an independent.
Reportedly, Riyanna had approached an MLA and explained her plight. Action was taken and Riyanna's application was accepted, making her eligible to vote for the first time in her life.
Last Updated 11, Apr 2019, 7:06 PM IST