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TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA - In a means to provide more transparency and confidence in tribal elections, Cherokee Nation Speaker of the Council Meredith Frailey has called a special Rules Committee meeting for Tuesday, July 12, at 1 pm in the Tribal Council Chambers.
Members of the Rules Committee will discuss and take possible action on obtaining an independent election service company to assist the Cherokee Nation Election Commission in conducting the Saturday, July 23 run-off election and any special elections that might be required to fill vacant Tribal Council seats.
"Elections are where Cherokee citizens make primary decisions that affect all citizens. They need to have confidence in the way their elections are run," said Frailey.
"The recent general election process, as presented to the public, has eroded their confidence. The recount vote tally in particular is inconsistent. My phone has been ringing constantly with Cherokees telling me we need immediate change to ensure integrity in all future elections, including the July 23 run-off election. For the Cherokee Nation to have a strong government, we must ensure tribal citizens believe there is integrity in the voting process."
An independent third-party experienced in the administration of elections is an alternate means of serving the voters in a more efficient and effective manner and would maintain greater control over the election process while respecting the balance of powers within the government.
To comply with a Constitutional provision requiring Special Tribal Council meetings within 30 days of a regular Tribal Council meeting be called by the Principal Chief, Frailey asked Principal Chief Chad Smith to call a Special Tribal Council meeting at 3 pm on July 12 so that the Tribal Council can promptly consider any action taken by the Rules Committee.
"Chief Smith agreed with my request so that any action taken by the Council can be implemented in time for the run-off election and, hopefully, restore faith in our elections," said Frailey.
posted July 8, 2011 1:30 pm edt
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