People of Navajo Nation vote for president April 21

Joe Shirley Jr. and Russell Begaye are   on the ballot  as the Navajo Nation votes in the presidential election today.

Joe Shirley Jr. and Russell Begaye are on the ballot as the Navajo Nation votes in the presidential election today.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - After months of conflict between the Navajo Nation branches of government, and a delayed general election, the presidential election between Russell Begaye and Joe Shirley, Jr. takes place today. The Navajo Nation Supreme Court said Monday that a lower court's ruling last Friday staying the presidential election was "null and void."

Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry issued a ruling April 17 that stayed the general election until a public referendum could be held on the fluency requirements for the president and vice president of the Navajo Nation.

The higher court issued its ruling Monday after hearing testimony from the Navajo Nation Election Administration, the Window Rock District Court and former Navajo Election Supervisors.

Election supervisor positions to replace those board members who were held in contempt by the higher court for refusing to comply with the court's directive are also on the ballot today.

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