Aileen Francis makes history at Pictou Landing First Nation

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PICTOU LANDING - History was made on Saturday during the Pictou Landing First Nation band council election.
Aileen Francis had her name on the ballot for chief and councillor. As it turns out she won both.
Francis ousted former chief Ann Francis Muise for the band's top office and also won a seat on council. Francis had previously served on council and works in social development administration at the band office.
She now has to chose one seat or the other, said Chris Prosper, who had earlier hosted and mediated a chief's candidates debate.
"She's going to have to decide, but that's history right there," Prosper said, referring to her double victory.
Prosper said Francis had 133 votes for chief and garnered 81 votes for council. He said the number of votes Francis received for chief was quite high. Numbers were strong on the day, he added.
"When I went to cast my vote it was early, but there was a good turnout."
Prosper said results were released a little later than usual this time around.
The polls were open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday in the school gym and Prosper said results are usually released "in about three hours." This time, with so many candidates - 42 in total - and so many scrutineers, Prosper figures there were probably several recounts.
"This time it was way after midnight. It was tense. When the results were out it was all over Facebook."

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