REPORTING · 7th November 2012
The polling station at the Best Western Inn for the Nisga'a National Election doors were closed and locked by election staff tonight while people were still lined up waiting to vote.
Those standing outside wanting to vote and the scrutineers waiting to get in stated the doors were locked at 6:00 pm. The voting was scheduled to continue to 8 pm.
The polling station is for president, secretary Treasurer, Chairperson council of elders and Terrace Urban local representative.
“I arrived here at six –forty five and the doors were closed, there was no security outside the area at all”, stated Sophia Johnson this evening, “When I asked what was going on, why there was a big line up, they told me they closed the doors. I asked what time they closed the doors and they said six o’clock.”
Johnson informed us the staff even refused access to the scrutineers who arrived to monitor the counting of the ballots.
“I’ve read the election act through and through and they’re not supposed to close those doors at all,” she added, “unless they have a scrutineer there, and there was none in there.
The Nisga’a election was held today and voting took place in various locations.
The results have not yet been released.