Tribe to borrow election funding
by Staff report
PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribe will borrow money to pay for the upcoming tribal elections, according to a recent statement from Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks.
Brooks said that the administration has secured a $21,313 loan to cover election costs.
“We will repay the loan using development fees associated with our proposed tax credit project,” Brooks said.
According to the chairman’s statement, the tribe is planning to build a 50-unit housing subdivision in Pembroke for the elderly. The majority of the $7 million project, that will provide housing for eligible individuals 62 and older, will be funded through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.
Carvicous Barfield, chair of the tribe’s election board, confirmed Wednesday that the money has been turned over to the elections board.
“We are moving forward,” she said. “We are not behind.”
The Lumbee Supreme Court last week that $21,313 be found so elections can proceed as scheduled. The court gave the administration until Tuesday to provide the money.
Barfield announced last month that the elections were “suspended” until money was available to pay for them as mandated by the Lumbee Constitution. In response, Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks filed a petition on Sept. 23 with the tribe’s Supreme Court asking that the Elections Board be ordered to hold the elections as scheduled.
Barfield said that despite continued disagreements between council and administration, preparations such as processing absentee ballots and establishing polling sites have continued.
The deadline for requesting absentees ballots is 5 p.m. Friday.
There are seven council seats up for election. However, there will only be six districts races. Daniel Jones, a District 8 candidate, is unopposed.
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