Appeal Tribunal Rules New Election for Office Of First Vice Chief

by mmnationtalk on April 19, 20131635 Views


Appeal Tribunal Rules New Election for Office Of First Vice Chief

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2013

(Saskatoon, SK) On April 17, 2013 the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Appeal Tribunal released its decision on the matter of a notice of appeal to the FSIN Appeal Tribunal between Sheldon Wuttunee, candidate, and Loretta Pete Lambert, Chief Electoral Officer. The Appeal Tribunal overturned the election results for the Office of the First Vice Chief declaring the election null and void and ordering a new election.

On October 25, 2012, Ms. Kimberly Jonathan was declared the successful candidate for the position of the First Vice Chief of the FSIN for a three year term. On November 8, 2012, Mr. Sheldon Wuttunee, submitted a Notice of Appeal pursuant to section 133 of the FSIN Election Act.

The Tribunal, taking into account all the evidence provided, found that errors were made by the Chief Electoral Officer which interfered with the democratic process, therefore, the Tribunal set aside the election results. Given the decision, a vacancy has been created in the Office of the First Vice Chief in accordance with the FSIN Election Act.

“On behalf of the FSIN Executive, the 74 First Nations, Elders, Senate and Veterans, we accept and respect the rulings by the Appeal Tribunal,” says FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde. “We will continue to be transparent and accountable as we follow our processes.”

As stated in the FSIN Election Act, “Where an executive position becomes vacant the Joint Executive Council and Indian Government Commission shall meet and determine by resolution whether a by-election ought to be held to fill the vacancy. A by-election shall be called if there are more than eighteen (18) months remaining in the term of office for the executive position being vacated at the time of vacancy.”

The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.

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