Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Sept. 18

Navajo Board of Election Supervisors Postpones 2000 Navajo <br> Nation Chapter General Election; Requests Supplemental Appropriation

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.—The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors on Thursday, June 22, voted to postpone the 2000 Navajo Nation Chapter General Election for 60 days to allow the Controller and the Budget and Finance Committee to identify about $153,189 for the printing of ballots and other support costs.

In a vote of 9 in favor and 0 opposed, the Board of Election Supervisors, further requested approval of a supplemental appropriation of $153,189 from the Navajo Nation Council to the Navajo Election Administration.

The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors is established as an independent entity by the Navajo Nation Council for the purpose of executing duties and powers delegated, and further to guard the public interest entrusted to the Board regarding elections.

Formerly, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors had approved an election calendar with the 2000 Chapter Primary Election scheduled for May 2, 2000, and the General Election on August 1, 2000.

Election officials had reported that about $5,460 remained in their accounts to print ballots, an amount they said would not allow for the printing of sufficient ballots for the Chapter General Election. It was reported that another $113,819 was needed to print the ballots and another $39,370 was needed to perform other duties associated with the Chapter General election.

Speaker Edward T. Begay noted the Election Board’s action with concern.

"I am not comfortable in changing the election schedule mid-stream," Speaker Begay said. "My staff and I were exploring several avenues we could take to address the budget shortfall. In fact, I had sponsored two resolutions—one for the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and another to the Budget & Finance Committee—supporting a $217,000 supplemental appropriation for the Navajo Election Administration."

Both resolutions were sent through the review process. The first resolution for the IGRC was approved and the other was awaiting action by the Budget and Finance Committee.

Speaker Begay said now the election delay will give him additional time to scrutinize the Navajo Election Administration?s budget to see where cost-saving measures can be taken.

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