Polling cerk Lee White receives a ballot from Penticton Indian Band member Dion Alex. (Submitted: Penticton Indian Band)

Polling cerk Lee White receives a ballot from Penticton Indian Band member Dion Alex. (Submitted: Penticton Indian Band)

Penticton Indian Band elects mix of old and new councillors

Four incumbents were re-elected in the Dec. 7 election

The Penticton Indian Band has elected their new council to serve alongside Chief Greg Gabriel.

The eight councillors elected include four incumbents from the previous election.

Charlene Roberds, Fred Kruger, Vivian Lezard and Suzanne Johnson will return to the band council alongside Tim Lezard, Dolly Kruger, Lesley Gabriel and Clint Gabriel.

The eight councillors were elected from 21 nominees by the band’s membership, who voted on Dec. 7, as well as in advanced polling on Nov. 28.

The elected councillors received 170 to 117 votes. Previous chief Chad Eneas received 114 votes in the council election.

READ MORE: Newly elected chief Greg Gabriel wants to unite the Penticton Indian Band

Chief Greg Gabriel was elected on Oct. 19 with 107 of the 358 ballots in that election. Tim Lezard, incumbent chief Chad Eneas, Brian Mitchell Jack and Joseph Pierre ran in that election.

Every four years a new council and chief are elected by the Penticton Indian Band. The 2020 election was managed by a third-party Victoria-based lawyer.

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