Tlicho voters go to the polls on Monday

Running against current Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus are George Mackenzie, a former Grand Chief; and James Wah-Shee, a former Northwest Territories MLA.
CBC's Snooki Catholique reports from Behchoko 2:47

The election for Grand Chief of the Tlicho government takes place Monday.

George Mackenzie, a former Grand Chief, and James Wah-Shee, a former Northwest Territories MLA, are running against current Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus. All three candidates believe they can build a more transparent Tlicho government.

Mackenzie says it's a job he wants to take away from lawyers and consultants.

"We have to bring the people's voice back to the government," he said. "That’s what the changes mean to me."

Wah-Shee would also like to see his people take more control.

"People lack information," he said. "You have to know what your government is doing. If you don't know what your government is doing, then how can you give it direction?"

Erasmus says he's accomplished a lot in his two years as chief, but says it's been a challenge because of the disconnect among his members.

"Tlicho unity got us this far and I know I like to maintain that and that to work together," he said. "You know, we don't need to have internal squabbling going on within the governance."

To be eligible to vote, you must be a registered Tlicho citizen 18 or over and have been a resident of the region for the two years before the election.

There will be polling stations in Behchoko, Gameti, Wekweeti, Whati and Yellowknife. The polls open at 9 a.m. Monday and close at 8 p.m.


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