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Penticton Indian Band members vote to hold new byelection

FILE PHOTO - Protesters hold a peaceful rally prior to polls opening on the Penticton Indian Band for a Nov. 22, 2017 byelection.
December 13, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Members of the Penticton Indian Band have voted in favour of holding a new byelection.

Band communications coordinator Dawn Russell said in a press release an appeal for a new byelection was recently supported by the Federal Court ruling in the case of McPherson vs. Buck.

The appeal followed the resignation of five band councillors in 2016 and a subsequent byelection held in November 2017

Yesterday’s, Dec. 12, band vote saw 167 members cast ballots with 95 in favour of a new byelection to elect five council members for the remaining year of this council term.

Ninety-five band members voted in favour of a byelection with 72 opposed to the vote, which would effectively replace those elected in 2017.

A nomination meeting is scheduled for Dec. 19.

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