KFN chief adjudication postponed

Two appeals will be heard on the conduct of the 2021 election.


Elaine Auger has to wait until spring to appeal her right to run for KFN chief. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Auger)

A Kátł’odeeche First Nation (KFN) finance clerk is still fighting for her right to run for chief.

After Elaine Auger was denied to run for the position of chief back in November, she appealed the decision.

KFN Election Regulations state “For the position of Chief a candidate must have been ordinarily resident on the reserve for two years as of Election Day.”

With that, her last five years away at school in B.C. have made her ineligible to run.

Michael Hanson, the Election Appeal Adjudicator has since postponed the adjudication until the spring.

Although Auger is disappointed in the delay, she understands that due to COVID it’s the safest decision.

What was supposed to take place on January 26 will now take place on April 12 at 9:30 a.m. in Kátł’odeeche.

Auger’s claim, in addition to another, will be heard on the same day to discuss the conduct of the 2021 election.

In the interim April Martel holds the position of KFN chief.

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