01 Jul '11, 12pm

THAI election officials ordered not to laugh at ladyboys because of confusion over their ID card pictures.

BANGKOK - THAI election officials manning voting booths were ordered on Friday not to laugh at ladyboys who this week said they were being marginalised in Sunday's poll because of confusion over their ID card pictures. It was the latest in a series of complaints by members of the Trans-Female Association of Thailand, which groups transgenders and transsexuals, known collectively as katoeys or ladyboys. Their ID cards, renewable every seven years, may show a woman's face marked mister, or a boy's face when the ID card holder looks like a woman. 'In case of any problem in ascertaining the identity of voters, officials have a clear instruction to be polite in making inquiries and they must try their best to refrain from laughing,' Election Commission secretary Suthipol Thaweechaikarn said. He said card holders who had undergone cosmetic surgery or a major facelift should carr...

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