Two First Nations in Northeast B.C. are set to elect their chief and council this week.
Blueberry River and Halfway River First Nations members are set to go to the polls Friday.
24 names for Blueberry councillor positions
Ten people could be nominated to to become chief of the Blueberry River First Nation.
In addition, 24 people could potentially become one of four councillors for the First Nation.
Blueberry River First Nation rules allow for people to run for the position of both chief and councillor. Six of them are running for both positions, according to a posting on the band’s website.
Maryann Adekat, Clarence Apsassin, Malcolm Apsassin, Sandra Apsassin, Sylvester Apsassin, and Lisa Hotte are running for both chief and council.
Joe Apsassin, Peter Yahey and Howard Southwell are running for the position of chief against incumbent Marvin Yahey, who is seeking re-election.
Corene, Doug, Norman, Russell, and Winston Apsassin are running as individual candidates for council. As well, Randa Adekat, Arthur Chipesia, Barbara Chipesia, Dale Chipesia, Shawn Davis, Sherry Dominic, Shelley Gauthier, Derek Greyeyes, Sassy Hardt, Charlene Pouce Coupe, Norma Pyle, Randy Yahey, and Wayne Yahey, are also running for a council spot.
Hotte, Pyle, Dominic, and Wayne Yahey are the current incumbents.
The election will take place at the Blueberry River Community Hall from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., a posting on the website states.
12 seeking three spots on Halfway River council
Three people are in the running to become the new chief of Halfway River First Nation.
Darlene Hunter is seeking re-election, and is competing against Russell Lilly and Ronda Peck-Herman, according to a candidate listing on the band’s website.
There are also nine candidates running for two councillor positions.
Coleen Achla and Amanda Metecheah are seeking re-election.
Frances Field, William Field, Debbie Metecheah, and Katie Metecheah are running for council spots against them. John Wokeley, Sherry Wokeley, and Cynthia Wolter are also in the running.
The poll is located at the Halfway River First Nation Band Hall, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., a posting on the band's website states.