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Smith’s Landing First Nation election results challenged


Smith’s Landing First Nation’s June 12 election results are being appealed.

The First Nation posted a notice of hearing on its Facebook page on Tuesday. First Nation members will be given a chance to testify at the hearing.

The electoral officer, Margo Harney, previously reported Chief Gerry Cheezie received 70 votes in the election to his opponent Wilfred Paulette’s 58.

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The four elected councillors include Geronimo Paulette, Thaidene Paulette, Delphine Paulette-Clark, and Tony Vermillion.

Eileen Tourangeau, Fred Daniels, Dianne Benwell, and Miranda Norn unsuccessfully ran for councillor positions.

The appellant, who is not named, alleged eight irregularities. They claim:

  • four candidates did not meet eligibility requirements;
  • one candidate was incorrectly ruled ineligible;
  • the electoral officer counted mail-in ballots that came in late, and counted mail-in ballots that were not sealed;
  • the electoral officer allowed a candidate’s agent who did not follow the election regulations to come to the ballot counting;
  • the reserve in Fort Fitzgerald did not have a polling station; and
  • unspecified inconsistencies between polling stations, alongside concerns about how polling clerks were used.

An arbitration hearing has been scheduled for July 24 at a location to be determined.

The election appeal arbitrator, Donald Mallon, will review the evidence and listen to testimony.

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Mallon, who signed the notice of hearing, stated any people with an interest in its outcome, or who have information to share, will have an opportunity to testify.

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