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Evidence of cash for votes prompts judge to remove Key First Nation chief and councillors – Regina Leader-Post

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 2018160 Views

A court has removed the leadership of the Key First Nation and called a new band election, after a judge found evidence of “widespread and openly conducted vote buying.”

March 25, 2018

A court has removed the leadership of the Key First Nation and called a new band election, after a judge found evidence of “widespread and openly conducted vote buying.”

The “corrupted” election for the First Nation, located in eastern Saskatchewan, north of Kamsack, dates back to Oct. 1, 2016. According to numerous affidavits filed with the court, the elected chief, Rodney Brass, and three elected band councillors offered money and jobs in an attempt to influence the election.

They also promised large sums to their opponents in a bid to convince them to drop the case, the affidavits said.

Federal Court Judge Robert Barnes issued his decision on March 21. He noted the proceedings had been “extremely acrimonious” and included “scurrilous” and “irrelevant” submissions that were deserving of censure.

Read More: http://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/evidence-of-cash-for-votes-prompts-judge-to-remove-key-first-nation-chief-and-councillors

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