Sunday, October 28, 2007

Elections Canada Act Amendment - Visual Identification of Voters

The federal government has introduced An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (visual identification of voters) .

It comes after controversy during the 3 recent federal byelections in late September when Elections Canada officials explained they could not prevent people from voting while concealing their face. This included conservative Moslem women wearing the niqab or burqa, all head coverings that fully hide the face.

The bill expressly mandates that voters be required to have their faces uncovered when being identified to vote. Those vouching for voters without identification will also need to show their faces when vouching.

Background from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Tories introduce bill to ban veiled voting.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 4:42 pm


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