POLITICS

Chief re-elected in Cape Breton First Nation community on Chapel Island

07/20/2012 04:04 EDT | Updated 09/19/2012 05:12 EDT
CHAPEL ISLAND, N.S. - A new band council has been elected in the Poltlotek First Nation in Cape Breton.

Residents of the Mi'kmaq community on Chapel Island held elections Thursday for chief and councillors.

Wilbert Marshall has been re-elected chief.

He held the position for six years until he was forced to resign in January 2008 when he was found guilty of sexual assault and sentenced to a three-year prison term.

But Chapel Island residents voted him back into office in 2010 over incumbent Kenneth Basque.

The band council then voted to bar Marshall from office, based on his criminal record as a convicted sex offender.

However, the Aboriginal Affairs Department rejected the band council's decision and allowed Marshall to take office.

Other councillors elected on Thursday include Junior Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Russell Marshall, Jimmy Marshall, Veronica Marshall-Bernard and Quentin Doucette.