February 18, 2013 - 5:30 PM
A runner-up in the last Tk'emlups Indian Band (TIB) election is challenging the results in court.
Marie Baptiste, who lost to Chief Shane Gottfriedson by about 150 votes in November 2012, is calling into question the authenticity of his appointment as chief.
A civil case by Baptiste began in Kamloops provincial courts today presenting a petition hoping to overturn the results and call for a new election.
According to media sources, Baptiste alleges in the petition that off-reserve voters were told the election would take place more than two weeks past the actual election date held of Nov. 10, 2012.
Baptiste also states in the petition that off-reserve voters were given an incorrect voting poll station address and that two candidates who withdrew candidacy appeared on voting ballots.
Media sources report Chief Gottfriedson was re-elected for a fourth term with 250 votes to Baptiste’s 103. Of the 902 eligible electors among TIB members, 399 votes were counted for chief in the last election.
The case is expected to continue in Kamloops provincial courts.
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