GUWAHATI, April 16 - The turnout among voters belonging to the ‘third gender’ was very low in the five Lok Sabha constituencies of the State which went to the polls in the first phase on April 11.
Only 11 out of the total 154 electors who are registered as belonging to the third gender in the five constituencies exercised their franchise during the April 11 election.
As against an average overall turnout of 78.27 per cent in the five constituencies, the polling percentage recorded for the third gender electorate stood at only 7.14 per cent.
Of the 31 third gender electors in Tezpur constituency, only one (or 3.22 per cent) voted.
In Kaliabor, only seven (or 15.22 per cent) of the 46 registered third gender electorate cast their votes.
Only one out of the total seven (or 14.29 per cent) electors of the third gender cast his vote in Jorhat constituency.
Of the 28 third gender electors in Dibrugarh constituency, only one (or 3.57 per cent) voted.
Similarly, in Lakhimpur constituency, only one (or 2.38 per cent) out of the 42 registered third gender electors voted in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election.