“In response to members wanting a better system, Malahat sees a brighter future with the Custom Election Code. “ – Chief Michael Harry
The Custom Election Code means that the community decides relevant electoral processes and laws for Malahat which come into effect in the next election for 2016. You will be giving your newly elected Chief and Council the ability to move forward and create greater opportunities and chances for success and improvements in future economic business, social programs, community services and health initiatives.
Currently the laws don’t allow for members input into the election process and a custom election code changes that. It creates processes and laws that are owned by Malahat.
A few of the key points listed in the Malahat Custom Election Code lists are as follows:
- The length of terms will increase from 2 years to 4 years of service.
- The council will be set at 4 members with an off reserve seat available, with conditions.
- There is a requirement for elected leadership to swear an Oath of Office.
- There is a nomination and voting process that is similar to the Indian Act but has the options for future electronic voting.
- There is a process for the removal of a councilor in exceptional circumstances.
Longer terms create the ability to see through initiatives and gives stability to the business environment which in turn, adds value to members of Malahat.
Call or text Patrick Marshall for more information at 250-507-4500 and come out and vote in person at the Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Centre on Monday February 16th, 2015.