The Election Code Review Committee has recommended six changes to NFN’s Custom Election Regulations based on the community consultations and survey completed in 2018, as well as discussions within the committee.
A memo summarizing these proposed changes was mailed to all registered NFN members in mid-October, along with a copy of the committee’s report from November 2018 that explained the rationale for each suggested revision.
Voting packages will be mailed the week of November 23rd.
An information session was hosted online on October 28th by the Chair of the Election Code Committee, Fred Bellefeuille, to review the changes and answer any questions. Feedback from this session was reported to Council at their November 3rd meeting. A second information session was hosted on November 25th.
The proposed amendments are as follows:
- To amend the Nipissing First Nation custom election regulation to allow on and off reserve electors to run in the election as long as they reside within a 100 km radius of the Nipissing First Nation administration building;
- To amend the Nipissing First Nation custom election regulation to allow for voting over the internet, while maintaining existing voting in person, by mail and advanced poll;
- To amend the Nipissing First Nation custom election regulation to remove the by-election requirement if more than 8 months remains in a term for a vacant councillor seat and instead to recognize the person running for councillor who finished 8th in the vote in the last election as the replacement councillor until the next regular election. The requirement to have a by-election for the chief position will remain unchanged.
- To amend the Nipissing First Nation custom election regulation to include Anishinaabemwin on key words within the election code in a manner similar to the Nipissing First Nation Gchi-Naaknigewin;
- To amend the Nipissing First Nation custom election regulation to correct spelling and grammatical errors;
- To amend the Nipissing First Nation custom election regulation appeal system to add clarity.
Voting Period from December 1 to 30: Vote by mail-in ballot or online at onefeather.ca/nations/nipissing (no in-person polling stations due to COVID-19 pandemic).
Vote Results: Vote count day is December 30th. Our Electoral Officer will compile a final report of voting results to present to Council at a duly convened meeting in early January 2021.
- Report to Council on Zoom Election Code Consultations – November 2020
- Memo to the Membership re: Proposed Changes to the Election Code
- Committee Report: Custom Election Regulations Review – November 2018
- Report to the Community: Survey Results – February 2018
- Nipissing First Nation Custom Election Regulations – current version
- Nipissing First Nation Custom Election Regulations – changes tracked to show proposed amendments