Canada: Veiled voting a non-issue: Muslim leaders

Click here: Halifax, The Daily News – Veiled voting a non-issue: Muslim leaders

The veiled voting controversy is a tempest in search of a teapot, says Saleem Ahmad, president of the Islamic Association of Nova Scotia. Framed in the context of “reasonable accommodation,” a national firestorm has been raging over the issue of whether Muslim women can vote while covering their faces with veils.

“It’s just the hypocrisy of the government,” Ahmad says. “There was no controversy. The Muslim community never complained. The women would gladly take off their veil for a woman official.” He points out that no one is required to show photo ID to vote, and postal voting does not require photo ID. Further, he estimates that 300 women in all of Canada wear the veil.

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