Benoit First Nation Election Rules
The band manager will be act as electoral officer. In the absense of a band manager and electoral officer, the duties of the returning officer will be assumed by an election committee that is to be formed and made up of at least three band members at least 18 years of age and where possible should include an elder, woman, and youth. Persons nominated for a position on council cannot sit on the election committee.
References to the electoral officer herein is to be substituted for the election committee in the absense of aforementioned electoral officer.
(a) the names of the candidates nominated for election in alphabetical order; and
(b) the names of the candidates nominated for election for each position as CEO & Vice-Chief, Secretary, Treasurer, Women’s Director, Elder, Hertiage Park & Farm Director, and Youth Director, in alphabetical order.
(a) on-line voting instructions with authorization code;
(b) a list of candidates and postions sought;
(c) e lection instructions;
(d) identification of the location of the polling station, and;
(ii) a statement advising the elector that he or she may vote in person at a polling station on the day of the election in accordance with section III subsection A in lieu of voting by on-line voting; and
(e) a list of the names of any candidates who were acclaimed.
5.1 The electoral officer shall indicate on the voters list that a authorization code has been provided to each elector to whom online voting instructions were emailed or otherwise provided and keep a record of the date on which, and the email addresses to which, each on-line voting rules was mailed.
5.2 The electoral officer shall establish at least one polling place in the community.
A registered voter who resides outside of the community or who resides in the community and who is not able to visit a voting station on voting day may cast a ballot by electronic voting.
The electoral officer shall send an email with the on-line voting authorization code and voting instructions to each registered voter who:
i) is resident living outside of the community; or
ii) advises the electoral officer that the person is not able to visit a voting station on voting day.
An eligible voter who calls the electoral officer and confirms his or her intent to register to the satisfaction of the electoral officer shall be emailed instructions on where and how to vote on-line and shall be provided with a secured access code, and a summary of the election rules.
When selecting a Sagamaw/Chief:
Benoit First Nation Community Elders will choose a Sagamaw/Chief based on a majority vote
will take place at a Meeting of Elders whenever needed,
The Sagamaw/ Chief will act as a figurehead, advisor to the CEO, Band Council and will be independant of the CEO and Band Council while also working to build consensus, assist in decision making, act as guardian of culture, language and community and social development
Term of the Sagamaw/Chief is not defined nor associated with the process of the Band Council elections.
Consensus of the Elders will determin the Sagamaw/Chief based on:
knowledge, experience and exibits wisdom;
protecting the wellbeing of our community through maintaining culture and traditions;
using Spirituality inextricably intertwined in decision making;
using rationality as the driving force behind decision making;
leadership by example rather than by authority or command;
being a humble servant to the community;
demonstrating generosity and kindness, and honouring all living things;
meeting to deliberate on a matter needing understanding and consensus through mutual inquiry with the Elders;
use of traditional methods of resolving social conflict based on the concept of restitution that focuses on restoring respectful personal and social relations.
the ability to be an advisor and mentor to the Band Coucil Chief Executive Officer, Band Coucil, Committees and Community;
The chosen Sagamaw will remain cultural Leader and Figurehead for as long as the elders require. Another Leader is only selected if the Elders find it necessary or if the Saqamaw steps down from the role.
Every Band Councillor, Committee member is a leader in his/her area of involment and will work together will everyone in the community for the betterment of all.
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