LLRIB Announces Vote Results on Electoral Law Amendments

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Members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) voted to make changes to the band’s election law.

In a press release sent Wednesday morning, the First Nation announced that voters had accepted five amendments to the election law. Changes included allowing the regular offer of e-voting, creating a code of conduct for election campaigns, creating a separate appeals committee for elections, and the ability to nominate candidates by mail. electronic or postal. Another change will also allow people who owe less than $1,000 in debt to the band or band-owned entities to come forward if they have an agreement to repay the debt.

A total of 1,431 ballots were cast, with voting taking place alongside Treaty Day celebrations. Two questions were posed to voters, the first relating to electronic voting, which gained the support of 904 people while 479 voted against. The second question asked voters if they supported all the other proposed amendments to the electoral law and saw 1,061 people vote yes while 326 people voted no.

Gladys Christiansen, the group’s electoral tribunal chair, said the vote for e-voting and the other changes show that group members have a clear desire to improve the overall electoral process. She added that electronic voting could particularly make a difference.

“Online voting is expected to have a positive impact on voter turnout in future elections and also help in emergency situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

The next scheduled election for LLRIB is March 2023.

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