Residents of Long Plain allege election fraud 0
Long Plain Chief David Meeches. (File photo)
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE — Long Plain First Nation residents are requesting an independent review after groups allege Chief David Meeches took part in election and voter fraud.
Sworn affidavits from Sharon Scott and George Meeches and testimony from former chief Dennis Meeches allege that the chief, and band councillors Ruth Roulette and Marvin Daniels, breached their oaths of office and sections 5 and 18 of the Elections Act.
Scott’s affidavit states that on April 5, she was given $150 by the current chief at her mother house’s on the reserve near Portage la Prairie, which apparently was gas money to go to Winnipeg to talk to family members with the idea of gaining votes.
Scott said her mother also received $150 for Meeches for the same cause. The next day, upon visiting the chief at the band office, Scott’s mother was given a new laptop computer which he reportedly said was a gift from chief and council, the affidavit states.
George Meeches, who was a candidate and eligible voter in the April 12 election, said there was an unfair advantage for the current chief because he not only had voter lists, but addresses as well.
Meeches also alleges that he saw vote-buying during the election by the accused officials, but admits that he too engaged in giving voters money to vote for him.
Nevertheless, he added in an affidavit that he saw three individuals being handed $10 to $20 from each councillor for what he claims was a way to use gas money to circumvent Election Act rules.
Chief David Meeches says there’s no truth to the allegations.
“If (George) admitted to that, that’s his business,” he told QMI Agency. “I certainly, and the other councillors, categorically deny that anything major occurred.”
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
“They said it before the election, during the election, and after the election,” the current chief said of the allegations. “Saying it is one thing, but proving it is another. Making allegations of this nature is very serious.”