The Navajo Nation Council will hold a special session Tuesday to reconsider delaying the presidential election, officials said.
Meanwhile, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors has decided to use two ballots for the Nov. 6 general election since Peter MacDonald was disqualified from the presidential race.The election board voted 5-0 Thursday to use a supplemental ballot for the Navajo presidential candidates and to use the portion of the ballots that are already printed for the council delegates.
Election officials said they had not received word from interim President Leonard Haskie by late Friday on his choice for running mate. The board had given him until then to name his vice-presidential running mate and said that the running mate's photograph would not appear on the ballot if it was not received by then.
However, Haskie said Navajo law allows him five days to choose his running mate and had earlier announced that he was considering a list of 26 possible running mates.
He also criticized the election board for voting Wednesday not to postpone the presidential election for 60 days. The council on Friday authorized the board to postpone the election.
Haskie, who finished third in the primary, qualified for the presidential ballot after the election board voted to disqualify MacDonald after the suspended chairman was convicted of ethics law violations.
MacDonald is in jail after being convicted in Window Rock tribal court of bribery and ethics violations charges on Oct. 17. He also faces two more trials in tribal court, one on charges stemming from the tribe's purchase of the Big Boquillas ranch and the other on election fraud charges.
MacDonald's running mate, George Lee, who was also removed from the race, has filed a grievance with the election board against board member Stanley Milford. Milford voted with the majority against Lee.
Lee stated that Milford, who also serves as a staff assistant to Haskie, has a conflict of interest and should not have voted on the issue. Lee claims Milford may have violated the tribe's ethics law.