Elections Appeal Committee orders ADKFN to hold another election for chief

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An elections appeal committee ordered the chief election held in Acho Dene Koe First Nation (ADKFN) to be annulled and for another one to be held “as quickly as can be reasonably done.” 

Garth Wallbridge, the one person member of the elections appeal committee, issued his decision on Wednesday.

The decision was in regards to an election held on April 26, where two appeals were filed. One was launched by former Chief Floyd Bertrand and another by chief candidate James Duntra.

Wallbridge also ruled that for the upcoming election, Bertrand should be allowed to run for chief if he chooses so. 

Bertrand was unable to place his name on the ballot in the previous election due to money he allegedly owed an ADKFN-owned corporation. Bertrand has previously told CKLB Radio he does not owe the corporation any money.

The other ruling Wallbridge made was that the First Nations employ a different elections officer than used in the previous election.

He wrote he would release the reasons for his decisions soon, but did not want to delay the process for a new election.

More to come…

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