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Massive political rift remains –

Oct 12, 2017

A massive fissure within the Penticton Indian Band was on display Wednesday night at a nomination meeting to fill five vacant council seats left open by resignations.

After more than two hours of arguing, several nominations were eventually accepted by third-party electoral officer Julia Buck, under protest by about half the room, including former Chief Jonathan Kruger.

Buck was brought in by band administration to manage the contentious byelection, replacing longtime community-elected PIB electoral officer Valerie Baptiste. She had previously stated there was grounds for an entirely new election following the two most recent council resignations.

The half of the room opposed to Chief Chad Eneas and calling for a new election, argued that Buck had no authority to run the nomination meeting.

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