The Council of Kwanlin Dün First Nation is considering changes to the KDFN Election Act. We are sending this notification because the Governance Act says all citizens must be told about any proposed changes to legislation.
The proposal is to make changes to the Election Act, based on the recommendations made by the Chief Returning Officer after the 2017 and the 2020 elections.
The proposed changes will:
- Make changes to election timelines;
- Ensure continuity of membership on the election committee;
- Streamline the candidacy form submission process for citizens seeking office;
- Remove the requirement that a scrutineer not be an immediate family member of a candidate;
- Grant the Chief Returning Officer authority to move a sealed ballot box at their discretion;
- Facilitate the procedure for providing a voter a ballot at the vote, while ensuring this process is authorized and documented by both the voter and the Deputy Returning Officer;
- Be more specific about what kind of assistance a voter may request at a voting station. The amendment is aligned with the types of assistance laid out in the Yukon Elections Act; and
- Create a regulation-making power that would allow KDFN to pursue an electronic method of counting votes.
If the Election Act is amended, there will also be some corrections to minor spelling and drafting errors.
The text of the legislative amendment (called the “bill”) is on the reverse of this letter. The full Election Act is online at www.kwanlindun.com/laws-and-citizenship/laws-and-policies/. If you have questions about the bill, would like a printed copy, or would like to make comments, please call Executive Council Office at (867) 633-7800 ext. 135, or email email@example.com.
Second reading of the bill will occur at the Council meeting October 6, 2022, 9:00am -3:30pm. Council meetings are open to the public.
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