MN-S election delayed
- EFN Staff | December 31, 2016
Métis Nation Legislative Assembly and General Assembly set for February 18-19, 2017
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MN-S) Provincial Métis Council voted yesterday to delay the general election and call a meeting of the Métis Nation Legislative Assembly (MNLA) and General Assembly for February 18-19, 2017 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Fred Payton, who was appointed by the MN-S as Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to administer the Provincial Métis Council general election, resigned from his position on December 15, 2016 due to serious health concerns. The general election was originally scheduled for February 4, 2017.
In order to hold a successful and legitimate election, Lorne Gibson, the Provincial Métis Council election consultant, has recommended more time to find a replacement CEO and make the necessary arrangements ahead of the election. Following this advice, the MNLA Members will set a new date for the general election at the February MNLA. They will also decide on the best plan of action moving forward. The Provincial Métis Council recommends that the province-wide election be held on May 27, 2017.
MN-S’ thoughts are with Fred Payton and his family at this difficult time and thanks him for his hard work and dedication while serving as CEO. The Provincial Métis Council looks forward to holding a successful election as soon as possible to build on its considerable progress to date. MN-S will continue working for Métis people in their quest for equitable, socio-economic development in the province of Saskatchewan.