Dene Nation election to happen in December with online voting

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The next Dene national chief will be decided on Dec. 9.

The upcoming election will be taking place online, according to the Dene Nation executive committee.

The committee announced the date, saying “all election related activities” are open, but did not offer info on how the online system will work.

That information will be given to delegates within the next two weeks.

The election was supposed to happen in September in Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́, at the same time as the annual assembly, but was delayed due to the growing COVID-19 outbreak in the NWT at the time.

Incumbent Norman Yakeleya and Gerald Antoine, the former Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation chief, are the two candidates.

The executive committee has also announced that the next annual general assembly will be in early 2022, with officials dates coming in two weeks.

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