Friday, March 23, 2007

Quebecois to vote without masks on Monday

There has been a quick change of mind regarding the story we blogged about here, on Quebec muslim women being allowed to veil their faces when they vote in Monday's provincial election.

From Yahoo:

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]

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