LLRIB Defends Byelection Call at Little Red

Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 15:12



The chief electoral officer for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band says the suspension of a councillor on the Little Red Reserve is justified.


Anita Cook explains the decision to hold a byelection to replace Keith Mirasty was made necessary after an investigation was launched last summer to examine his actions while he was head of the band¹s sand and gravel business.


Cook says a special investigator determined that a misuse of funds had occurred on the reserve, and as a result, Mirasty was removed from his duties.


Cook says Section 14 of the band’s election act clearly states a councillor may be disqualified as a result of an appeal or other investigation into allegations of a corrupt election practise.


A nomination meeting has been scheduled for April 27th.


Cook says it is possible for Mirasty to attend that meeting and file papers if he so wishes.


Cook says she is unsure of where the investigation into the alleged misuse of funds currently lies.


The byelection itself will take place on May 25th.