Confusion reigns over tribal business meeting today
Little clarification has emerged from the chaos from this week's fallout from the Comanche Nation's general election certification, but the current chairman is calling for today's Business Committee meeting to be held although the tribe's business committee has postponed it.
The Comanche Business Committee released a statement regarding last week's election.
Secretary/treasurer Robert Tippeconnie said: "There will be no pending run-off election or action taken until the Comanche Nation Tribal Court decides if Mr. William Nelson and Mr. Billy Komahcheet are qualified to run."
The run-off election, scheduled for June 23, was put on hold following Tuesday night's certification of the election results. While all the results were certified, the passage of a ballot question by Susan Parker for the educational requirement of a bachelor's degree for the offices of chairman, vice chair and secretary/treasurer, threw the chair race into upheaval. Nelson, the current chairman, and Komahcheet were slated to be on the run-off ballot but neither is qualified under the new requirement. Komacheet received 31 percent of the vote and Nelson, 28 percent.
According to tribal attorney Richard Grellner, the third and fourth place vote getters, current Vice Chair Susan Cothren and June E. Sovo, will not be on the run-off ballot. Instead, Sovo, who is not qualified under the requirement, is ineligible and Cothren has withdrawn. Therefore, nominations will be taken for a new chair's election at an unspecified date.
Nelson has issued a statement proclaiming Tuesday's actions of the Business Committee to be "null and void" and calls the new election "illegal." He said that Committee Member Eddie Ahdosy's attempt to motion the action of certification was illegal. He said the special meeting was called illegally and that there wasn't a quorum for the committee to make a legal action. Nelson said that Tuesday night's actions have compromised the election. He took his complaint to the tribe's court and is awaiting an appeal determination.