India is seeking to increase participation by its transgender citizens in the elections that are scheduled to begin April 11.
Although hijra, trans, and other non-binary people were given the right to register as third gender voters in 2014, only a small percentage have registered to vote.
For example, the state of Karnataka estimates their trans population is over 70,000 people, Telangana state estimates 90,000, and Gurugram state estimates over 8,000 people—yet only a few thousand have registered across all states.
For the first time the Election Commission (EC) has appointed a trans person as one of the election ambassadors for the general election.
As an ambassador, activist Shree Gauri Sawant will visit trans people, encourage them to register, and provide support at polling booths.