TSAWWASSEN, BC, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Members of B.C.'s first urban
First Nations government elected their second Legislative Assembly this
evening. The polls for the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) election
closed tonight at 8:00 p.m., and the vote count was complete by 10:00
(260 Members were eligible to vote, of a population of 439 Members. 148
Members voted, for a voter turnout rate of 57%.)
These are the results.
Tony Jacobs (also on Executive Council)
Karl Morgan (also on Executive Council)
Sheila Williams (also on Executive Council)
Ken Baird (also on Executive Council)
Tsawwassen Government is entering its second mandate as the elected
representatives of Tsawwassen First Nation, a self-governing First
Nation under the terms of a 2009 Final Agreement with British Columbia
Under Tsawwassen Law, separate votes are held for the Chief and the
Legislature. The role of the Chief is to provide on-going, strategic
advice and input to the government and chairs meetings of Executive
Council, among a host of other duties.
The Legislature comprises 12 members, in addition to the Chief.
Legislators are elected for a 3-year term. The Legislature usually
meets twice a week over a one to two-month session, which are held once
or twice a year. Specific responsibilities include meeting to debate
and consider enacting Tsawwassen Laws and to pass the annual budget.
The four Legislators who get the most votes in the election are
appointed to the Executive Council, as is the Chief. The Executive
Council meets weekly to manage the Government's day-to-day operations,
debate proposed regulations under Tsawwassen Laws and other
responsibilities of the Tsawwassen Government.
The Chief, Legislators and Executive Council will be sworn in on
September 22, 2012, at TFN's Annual General Meeting.
SOURCE: Tsawwassen First Nation
For further information:
Tanya Corbet: 604-928-0879