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Dozens of candidates running in upcoming OKIB election

FILE PHOTO: Okanagan Indian Band chief Byron Louis
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February 22, 2021 - 11:21 AM

Okanagan Indian Band members are heading to the polls at the end of March with six candidates are vying for the role of chief.

The election will be held on on March 30.

Currently, band members are spoiled for choice as six candidates have put their names in the hat to run for the Office of Chief, along with 39 candidates to hold councillor positions. Members will vote for a chief and 10 councillors.

Chief Byron Louis is running again looking to stay in the top position for a fifth term in office. Chief Louis was first elected in 2011 and has won four elections since.

Current councillors Valerie Chiba, Garett Lawrence and Daniel Wilson have all put their names in the hat to run for chief. The three incumbents are also running for seats on council.

The remaining councillors — Cindy Brewer, Sharon Cullen, Tim Isaac, Allan Louis, Sheldon Pierre Louis and Ryan Oliverius — are all running again vying to hold onto their seats.

Indian Act Election regulations mandate band elections take place every two years.

For more information and a complete list of candidates go here.

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