Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA The effort to recall Navajo President Ben Shelly now includes the Navajo Vice President Rex Lee Jim. The recall petitions were submitted to the Navajo Election Administration in Window Rock one day a part earlier this week by an eight member committee that is called the Recall Ben Shelly Committee.
and Vice President Rex Lee Jim Too.
“We are not able to release information about the petitions. It just would not be appropriate,”
commented Edison J. Wauneka, executive director of the Navajo Election Administration to the Native News Network on Thursday morning.
The Native News Network obtained a copy of the recall committee's reason for why they want to recall President Shelly early Friday morning. According to the document, the reasons are:
He repeatedly demonstrated:
The reasons for the recall committee want Vice President Jim removed that are in the document are:
The exact wording for the recall of President Shelly and Vice President Jim must be reviewed and approved by the Navajo Election Administration. The official recall petition cannot contain more than 200 words.
Wauneka did indicate the effort to recall any elected Navajo official is difficult. He said any elected officials can be recalled, Wauneka cautions that the Navajo Election Administration that only Navajo citizens who voted in the 2010 election are eligible to sign the official petition to recall President Shelly and Vice President Jim. He said the election administration will look for duplicate signatures and disqualify any duplicate signature.
The recall committee has six months to secure 60 percent of the 64,254 people who voted in the last presidential election in 2010 presidential election, which equates to 38,552.
If the recall committee obtains the required number of signatures within the six-month period or 180 days, the Navajo Election Administration will have 30 days to validate the legitimacy of the signatures and confirm the paperwork is in order. There is an allowance for a grievance hearing to be held. If a determination confirms a recall, an election may be held within 30 days.
The Recall Ben Shelly Committee is chaired by former Navajo President Milton Bluehouse, Sr.
posted July 13, 2012 8:20 am edt