NEWS RELEASE · 18th July 2012
Update: VOTING RESUMES ON THIRD BALLOT
2nd Ballot - 535 ballots
60% to win is 321 votes
Shawn Atleo - 318
Pam Palmeter - 107
Bill Erasmus - 34
Diane Kelly - 34
Terrance Nelson - 25
Ellen Gabriel - 17**
Shawn Atleo took the first ballot in the vote for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations with 284 votes and needs only 40 [more] votes to win.
Pam Palmater came in second with 95 votes, followed by Diane Kelly with 39 votes, Terry Nelson with 35, Gabriel with 33 and Erasmus with 29 votes.
Joan Jack, who received 20 votes and George Stanley, who garnered only five votes, dropped off the ballot.
Chiefs will now vote in a second ballot.
Atleo needs only 40 votes to hit the magic number of 324 he needs to get 60 per cent of the vote.
Shawn Atleo missed the magic 60 per cent mark for re-election by three votes on the second ballot, sending chiefs to the polls of a third time Wednesday in the election for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
Atleo emerged with 318 votes after the second round of voting, missing the required 321 votes he needed. Atleo grabbed 284 votes after the first round of voting.
A total of 535 ballots were cast in the second round of voting.
Miíkmaq lawyer and Ryerson professor Pam Palmater again came in second with 107 votes, followed by Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly who both got 34.
Palmater saw an increase to her total from the first round where she got 95 votes.
Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson dropped to 25 votes and Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel dropped to 17 votes.
Nelson withdrew his name from the ballot and threw his support behind Palmater.
ďAs a famous man once said, Iíll be back,Ē said Nelson.
Gabriel also¬ dropped off the ballot.
Did Don Roberts attend?
Comment by Janice Robinson on 18th July 2012
He is the mayor of Kitsumkalum. If he did attend, who did he vote for, and why? I currently reside at Kitsumkalum, and am of Tsimshian ancestry.
For decades now, the position of chief councilor of Kitsumkalum has passed from one family member to the next. Why? Because this place resembles a family compound, with a smattering of us token non-family citizens.
The chief and council make many (questionable) decisions without respectfully consulting and informing Tsimshian who have a right to know.
That is why the Assembly of First Nations is not democratic, and cannot claim to represent our interests.
Whii nea ach.