Friday, February 13, 2009

Polling station stormed during Sask. community’s election

Polling station stormed during Sask. community’s election:

SASKATOON — The man in charge of an election for a Saskatchewan First Nation community wants the results thrown out after he says a crowd of angry residents stormed a polling station and police had to be called in.

Galen Tracy, the chief electoral officer for the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation election, is describing a commotion that he says took place Monday in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, about 90 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

Voting in the community election was run this month over four days in four communities.

Tracy said he decided to conduct the count on Feb. 14 to allow time for mail-in ballots postmarked on or before Feb. 9 to arrive.

... a crowd of between 30 and 35 members of the First Nations stormed the polling station on Feb. 9, demanding the votes be counted that night, Tracy said Thursday.

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