Saskatchewan Metis Head to the Polls

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 14:29



An estimated 40-thousand Metis citizens are expected to vote in today’s Metis Nation of Saskatchewan elections.


Voting is taking place at roughly 130 polling stations across the province.


At the end of the day, there will be a new MNS executive, since none of the incumbents are seeking re-election.


Robert Doucette, Alex Maurice and Dwayne Roth are the three men running for the top job of president.


The MNS is hoping to avoid a repeat of the controversy that plagued the last election in 2001 when about a quarter of the ballots were thrown out over questions of eligibility. There were also problems with voters’ lists.


For that reason, the MNS is allowing any Metis to vote today, as long as they can produce a Metis card that’s been issued since 1988. They also have to sign a form at the polling station declaring that they are Metis.