By Dave Baxter
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) has set a date for its next election, and Red River Metis citizens will go to the polls next month to choose their leadership.
On Wednesday, MMF announced that they had passed a resolution that will see them hold an election on June 14 for the position of president, as well as for vice president and regional executive officer positions in each of their seven regions.
Elections for the government of the Red River Metis are required every four years with the last one being held in 2018, and any citizens who meet the qualifications in the MMF Constitution can now run for office in the upcoming election, with the deadline for filing to run being May 13.
The MMF has had consistent leadership at the top for more than two decades, as current President David Chartrand has held that role for seven consecutive terms since first being elected in 1997, and is the longest-running president in MMF’s history.
A MMF spokesperson confirmed to the Winnipeg Sun on Wednesday that Chartrand does plans to run for another term in the upcoming election.
Red River Metis citizens will also vote for vice president and executive officer positions throughout their seven regions, as MMF is comprised of offices in Thompson, The Pas, Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, the Interlake, and Winnipeg.
All Red River Metis Citizens that are at least 18 years of age are eligible to vote, and MMF said there will be more than 40,000 registered citizens eligible to vote in the upcoming election, and that there will be approximately 75 polling locations in MMF’s seven regions.
People in remote communities or who reside outside of Manitoba may also be eligible for a mail-in ballot, and the deadline for citizens to apply for a mail-in ballot is May 24.
MMF CEO David Grey said in a statement that MMF is fully prepared to hold its upcoming election.
“Planning for the election has been underway for several months and deputy returning officers in most locals have been appointed, and all necessary supplies have been secured,” Gray said. “We are as ready as we can be at this point in the electoral cycle.
“Our team is committed to increasing participation, and to a transparent and open election process.”
– Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.