04/18/2013 10:37 EDT | Updated 06/18/2013 05:12 EDT

400-vote margin in election for chief in big Saskatchewan Fist Nation

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - One of the largest First Nations in Saskatchewan has elected a new chief.

Long-time band councillor Peter Beatty was voted in during elections held Wednesday on the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.

Unofficial results show Beatty garnered 2,114 votes — about 400 more than runner-up and former chief Harold Linklater.

Votes were also cast for several band council positions, with the winners of all posts serving a two-year term.

Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation has more than 10,000 members, which includes about 5,800 eligible voters.

The band covers nearly 52,000 square kilometres. (CKBI, CJLR)