Nominations are now open for the upcoming November general election of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc chief and council, which, for the first time, will allow band members who don’t reside on the reserve to run for office.
In May, the band passed a series of amendments to its custom election regulations, allowing for electronic voting and for any Tk’emlúps member — either residing on reserve or on traditional Tk’emlúps territory, such as within the City of Kamloops — to run for chief or council.
The nomination meeting will be held on Sept. 25, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
An all-candidates’ forum will be held on Oct. 30, followed by advance polls on Nov. 6. Election day is Nov. 13.
The nomination meeting will be held in Moccasin Square Garden on Chief Alex Thomas Way. Any elector who cannot be at the meeting may nominate an eligible person in writing by completing the required remote elector declaration form. All electors living off-reserve will be mailed a remote nomination package to the last known address. Nominations may be mailed or emailed and must be received by 8 p.m. on Sept. 25.
The nomination meeting will be held in compliance with current COVID-19 health and safety protocols as required by the provincial health officer for Interior Health.
Nomination forms and rules regarding nominations and candidacy in the custom election regulations can be found on the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc website at https://tkemlups.ca/elections.
A copy of the list of electors is posted in the band administration building at 330 Chief Alex Thomas Way and can also be found on the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc website, at tkemlups.ca.