Oglala Sioux election proceeds

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PINE RIDGE, S.D. ñ A glitch on the Oglala Sioux Tribal primary election ballots of Oct. 3 prompted debate and controversy over whether to reschedule the primary election and delay the general election.

The wording on some district ballots incorrectly informed voters that they could choose from three candidates for tribal council, instead of just two. Only one district of the nine has three council members.

The OST Election Board of Appeals ruled that a new primary election should take place because of the problems. The Election Board disagreed, but did suggest that a primary should be rescheduled for at least one district.

The OST tribal council, in a 10 ñ 5 vote on Oct. 30, overruled the OST Election Board of Appeals and allowed the general election to be held as scheduled on Nov. 7.

At the same meeting, the council dissolved the OST Election Board of Appeals. Council members addressed the appeals board issue because of what they said were problems with not addressing more than 10 appeals to the election. There are three members on the OST Election Board of Appeals.

The Election Board determined that the ballotsí improper wording would affect only one district by changing its council candidates.

A flow chart of the primary results in the Wakpamni district revealed the outcome could possibly change. The results from other districts with improperly worded ballots would not be altered should a new election be held, the election board ruled.

The tribal council ordered the Wakpamni district to conduct a new primary, which will occur on Nov. 7; a general election for that district will be delayed to a later date in November.

The problems with the ballots do not affect the reservation-wide offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

PINE RIDGE, S.D. ñ A glitch on the Oglala Sioux Tribal primary election ballots of Oct. 3 prompted debate and controversy over whether to reschedule the primary election and delay the general election.The wording on some district ballots incorrectly informed voters that they could choose from three candidates for tribal council, instead of just two. Only one district of the nine has three council members.The OST Election Board of Appeals ruled that a new primary election should take place because of the problems. The Election Board disagreed, but did suggest that a primary should be rescheduled for at least one district.The OST tribal council, in a 10 ñ 5 vote on Oct. 30, overruled the OST Election Board of Appeals and allowed the general election to be held as scheduled on Nov. 7.At the same meeting, the council dissolved the OST Election Board of Appeals. Council members addressed the appeals board issue because of what they said were problems with not addressing more than 10 appeals to the election. There are three members on the OST Election Board of Appeals.The Election Board determined that the ballotsí improper wording would affect only one district by changing its council candidates.A flow chart of the primary results in the Wakpamni district revealed the outcome could possibly change. The results from other districts with improperly worded ballots would not be altered should a new election be held, the election board ruled.The tribal council ordered the Wakpamni district to conduct a new primary, which will occur on Nov. 7; a general election for that district will be delayed to a later date in November.The problems with the ballots do not affect the reservation-wide offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.