Navajo election officials have proposed changes in tribal-election laws that would reduce the number of candidates in future tribal elections.

The proposals, which would be effective until 1990, include limiting all elected officials to two consecutive terms and requiring candidates to pay filing fees and file nominating petitions.

Clinton Jim, Navajo Election Commission director, said public meetings will be held on the reservation in the next two weeks before the changes are submitted to the Tribal Council.

Tribal officials said the new rules would provide more structure to the election process and ensure that all candidates have enough support to give them a chance for election.

In the past three elections for chairman, more than 12 people have filed, with six or seven winding up each time with fewer than 500 votes.