Quebec's chief returning officer announced that Muslim women will have to remove their face coverings if they want to vote on Monday.
Marcel Blanchet reversed an earlier decision and is now telling Muslim women who wear a niqab to show their faces when they cast their ballot.
Facing threats from ordinary citizens that they would show up at polling stations wearing masks, Blanchet said in Quebec City that voting day must proceed without incident. Blanchet had to get two bodyguards as a result of his initial decision and Elections Quebec had received threatening phone calls and e-mails.
Quebec's three main political leaders had asked Blanchet to reverse the decision.
[The following video shows what Blanchet was presumably willing to consider acceptable attire for a voter in a Canadian polling station]