The results of the Ratification Vote regarding the Seabird Island Election Code are as follows:

(a)  the names of Seabird Island electors appeared on the List of Voters prepared and the number of Voters who were entitled to cast a vote was 657;

(b)         134         votes were cast in the Ratification Vote by electors;

(c)           87           votes were cast in favour of the Ballot Question;

(d)          47           votes were cast against the Ballot Question; and

(e)          2             ballots were rejected.

The Seabird Island Election Code Referendum held on June 15, 2016 failed to reach the required number of, in favour (330) of votes necessary for it to pass.

Under INAC’s Conversion to Community Election System Policy, the election code will be considered approved by the community if:

  1. a majority of electors (50 percent + 1) vote by secret ballot to approve it; or
  2. the community approves it in such other manner as the First Nation and the department may agree upon.

The election code referendum failed to achieve “1. a majority of electors (50 percent + 1) vote by secret ballot to approve it”  The community and Council can now decide if they wish to consider the second option “2. the community approves it in such other manner as the First Nation and the department may agree upon.”