No first ballot winner in AFN national chief election

OTTAWA- A First Nations woman is in the lead to become the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) after the first round of voting . Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse has taken the lead with 163 votes or 35% of the vote. The AFN is now in a second round of voting to choose a new national chief. The results of the first ballot, announced shortly after 3:30 p.m. ET, did not put any of the six candidates over the 60 per cent threshold to win. Cindy Woodhouse, the current regional chief for Manitoba, is leading her closest challenger, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations vice-chief David Pratt. The two lowest-ranking candidates, Reginald Bellerose and Craig Makinaw, have been dropped from the second ballot. The election comes…

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