High court orders postponement of general, removal of Deschene name from ballot

WINDOW ROCK

The Navajo Supreme Court, in a decision released on Thursday, has ordered the postponement of the November 4 tribal election for Navajo Nation president.

The court said the Board of Election supervisors were wrong in saying that as an independent body they had as much authority to determine who should be on the ballot as the Navajo Nation Office of Hearing and Appeals. The court ruling said the Navajo Nation Council gave this authority to the OHA and not to the election board.

In a 2-1 decision, the supreme court ordered that the election ballots be reprinted immediately without the name of Chris Deschene on them.

The ruling doesn’t specify a new date for the election and it doesn’t mention whose name should be on the ballot to go against Joe Shirley Jr. Those decisions will have to be made by the election board.

Categories: Election 2014