Imphal: In what can be termed as a first-of-its-kind initiative, 26 transgender persons were enrolled in the final photo electoral roll published by the Manipur election commission office on Thursday.

In all, 19,30,912 photo electoral rolls were registered for the 60 constituencies of the state assembly. Of this, 9,39,926 are male, 9,90,960 are female and 26 are transgender persons. The number of male voters has increased to 7,135 and that of female to 8,508.

However, as per Manipur chief electoral officer (CEO) PK Singh, these figures may change as intensive revision/updates are being done, which will continue till the day of nomination.

Addressing media persons at the CEO’s office in Imphal West, Singh further said that voters across the state will exercise their franchise at 2,861 polling stations, out of which 603 are in the urban and 2,258 in the rural areas.

Singh revealed that Manipur was the first state in the country to publish the electoral rolls and upload it on ERO Net.

For the first time, Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) will be used for the service voters in the 17th Lok Sabha Election, Singh added.

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