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Winner Phillip Blake allegedly used unratified election code to sideline opponent
People in Tsiigehtchic, N.W.T., are coming forward with concerns about the June election of the community’s chief.
Anna Mae Macleod is a resident of Tsiigehtchic.
“I want this to be investigated and charges to be laid,” she said, reading from a letter outlining several alleged violations.
Macleod and others allege the band adopted a new code for that election, even though it wasn’t yet ratified.
Incumbent Phillip Blake was acclaimed as chief during the election.
It’s also alleged he used the draft code to prevent his opponent, Grace Blake, from running.
In his official report, then-electoral officer Graeme Drew accused Phillip Blake’s wife of intimidating him. Drew stepped aside from his position after council decided to go ahead with the June election, even though it didn’t have a ratified election code in place.