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Judge Perry cancels election, NEA Director Wauneka says still a go


If this election for Navajo Nation president wasn’t confusing enough, it took a whole new turn late Friday.


Order granting permanent injunctive relief (PDF)

Just four days before Tuesday’s election, Navajo District Court Judge Carol Perry issued an order canceling the election on Tuesday, granting an injunction for former election board members who wanted it postponed until after the election office holds a referendum on the Navajo fluency issue.

Despite this ruling, however, the election will still be held on Tuesday, said the tribe’s election director, Edison Wauneka.

Wauneka said its too late to cancel the election because it will cost too much.

He added that he is under orders from the Navajo Supreme Court to hold the election so that is what he is going to do.

Stay with us as continue to cover the election.

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Bill Donovan

Bill Donovan wrote about Navajo Nation government and its people since 1971. He joined Navajo Times in 1976, and retired from full-time reporting in 2018 to move to Torrance, Calif., to be near his kids. He continued to write for the Times until his passing in August 2022.


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