Quebec's chief electoral officer is changing a regulation that prevented people who wear religious head coverings from running for provincial office.

For nearly 30 years, all potential candidates have been required to submit a photo that shows their hair. The photos will appear on ballots used during the upcoming provincial election, scheduled for Oct. 1.

But on Tuesday, a National Assembly committee gave its approval to chief electoral officer Pierre Reid to change that regulation.

Reid told the hearing he does not know why the requirement was ever put in place.

All parties at the National Assembly say they approve of the change.

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