The Couillard government says it is concerned about a rule that, in effect, bars prospective political candidates who wear head coverings such as turbans or hijabs from running for office.

Quebec's chief electoral officer (DGEQ) requires all prospective candidates to submit a photo that appears on ballots. In that photo, the candidate's head must be uncovered.

The rule was implemented in 2012 and is enforced by the DGEQ, which oversees elections in the province. The rule doesn't apply at the federal or municipal level.

The DGEQ has not responded to CBC requests for comment.

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