Saskatchewan First Nations chief removed for vote-buying
The chief of a Saskatchewan First Nation has been removed for buying people's votes, the federal government says.
The case concerns the Jan. 22, 2011 election on the Moosomin First Nation north of the Battlefords.
A number of band members reported they were asked to sell their votes by Elliott Kahpeaysewat — the man who went on to become chief.
The complaints started to surface shortly after Kahpeaysewat won.
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs investigation confirmed that he was buying votes, officials told CBC News on Tuesday.
"There was sufficient evidence to support the allegations of corrupt practice whereby Chief Elliot Kahpeaysewat provided money to multiple electors in exchange for their votes," department spokeswoman Michelle Perron said in an email.
Investigators were told that Kahpeaysewat paid between $20 and $50 for each vote.
Aborginal Affairs Minister John Duncan declared the chief's post "vacant."
Now it's up to the band to either hold a by-election or run its affairs without a chief.
No one at Moosomin First Nation was available for an interview on Tuesday morning.