Nominations are now open for the Mushkegowuk Council grand chief position.
Last month, the former grand chief Jonathan Solomon retired from politics and resigned to focus on his health and family.
Voting for the new grand chief will be available by mail and in person.
The by-election will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A candidate must be 18 years and over, a member of one of the seven Mushkegowuk Council communities and with no criminal record, said chief electoral officer Sherry Davey.
The selected grand chief will serve the remaining term until Mushkegowuk Council’s next general election in August 2023.
Nominations will close Friday, Dec. 10.
Candidates will have 72 hours or three days to decide if their nominations will stand. Then, it will take at least five days for Davey to verify the candidates and get the official nominations out.
“I would say … the next Friday (after Dec. 10) is probably when everything will be official by then, after the 72-hour deadline plus I got to do verifications,” Davey said.
There will be 11 polling stations located in Timmins, Kapuskasing, Cochrane, Attawapiskat First Nation, Fort Albany First Nation, Kashechewan First Nation, Moosonee, Moose Factory, Chapleau First Nation, Taykwa Tagamou Nation and Missanabie Cree First Nation.
There will be no advance polls. The mail-in vote deadline is Monday, Dec. 27.
Davey said Mushkegowuk Council is also looking to hire deputy electoral officers (DEO) for the election day at all 11 polling stations. People who have the elections, voting and polling stations experience in the last five years are encouraged to apply.
“Basically, they just work that one day,” Davey said. “Once the DEOs are hired, I give them that opportunity to look for an elder to watch them count their ballots at the end of the night.”
For official nomination forms, contact Sherry Davey at email@example.com or 705-406-5117.
Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, TimminsToday.com