Mushkegowuk election postponed for second time over COVID 19 concerns 

By Dariya Baiguzhiyeva

 Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The voting day for the Mushkegowuk Council grand chief position has been postponed due to “pandemic-related difficulties,”

according to Mushkegowuk Councill.

The new byelection date is Wednesday, March 23.

The decision was made at an emergency Council of Chiefs meeting on Feb. 10.

“The Chiefs agree that the byelection date for grand chief be moved to allow for proper notices for a fair election,” reads Mushkegowuk Council’s announcement.

The original voting date slated for Jan. 25 had already been postponed once. It was set for Feb. 25.

The candidates running to be the next Mushkegowuk Council grand chief are Ernest Beck, Alison Linklater, Mike Metatawabin and Andrew Solomon.

The selected grand chief will serve the remaining term until Mushkegowuk Council’s next general election in August 2023.

In October, the former grand chief Jonathan Solomon retired from politics and resigned to focus on his health and family.

As of Feb. 10, there were 235 active cases of COVID-19 in the James Bay region, according to Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.

There were eight cases in Peawanuck, 23 in Moosonee, 81 in Moose Factory, 60 in Kashechewan, 42 in Fort Albany and 21 in Attawapiskat.

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the TIMMINSTODAY.COM. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada

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