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Smart Card planned to recognise identity of intersexed people

in BANGLADESH, 13/09/2013

The ministry is likely to place a bill proposing amendments to the National Identity Registration Act 2010. Citizens with intersex and transgender conditions may have the opportunity to have distinct sexual identities mentioned on the proposed smart cards, officials familiar with the process said.

The proposal of providing sex-specific smart cards which would replace the existing National Identity (NID) card to all citizens irrespective of age, was first raised at an Election Commission meeting on July 9 and subsequently forwarded to the law ministry.

The ministry is likely to place a bill proposing amendments to the National Identity Registration Act 2010 in the next parliament session starting September 12.

The current act requires the EC to provide an NIC to anyone “eligible” as a voter. According to sources, the commission gave voting rights to transgender, transsexual and intersexed people in 2008, but they are still identified as either “male” or “female” on their NIDs.

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