Navajo Nation Supreme Court orders April 21 presidential vote

Joe Shirley Jr., left, and his running mate, Dineh Benally. Photo from Facebook

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court issued yet another decision that orders tribal officials to hold a presidential election on April 21.

The election was supposed to take place last November but was delayed after one of the candidates was disqualified and removed from the ballot. Since then, the tribe's highest court has expressed frustration with the Navajo Nation Council for meddling with the process.

Russell Begaye, left, and his running mate, Jonathan Nez, put up a campaign sign. Photo from Facebook

Despite a February 20 decision calling for a vote as soon as possible, the council passed a bill that appeared to place priority on an entirely different election that could help the disqualified candidate get back on the ballot. That prompted the court to issue another ruling on Friday that clears the way for next month's match-up between Joe Shirley Jr. and against Russell Begaye.

President Ben Shelly has remained in office as a result of the delay in choosing a new leader. He came in seventh in last year's primary but was sworn into a new term in January.

Get the Story:
Tribal court orders April 21 election for Navajo president (AP 3/23)
Navajo Nation Supreme Court orders special election to proceed (The Farmington Daily Times 3/21)

Join the Conversation

Related Stories
Rhianan Curley: Navajo Nation leaders destroy trust of people (3/20)
Navajo Nation Council considers funding for presidential election (03/13)
Editorial: Navajo Nation set to choose new president on April 21 (03/03)
Navajo Nation Supreme Court issues decision in election dispute (02/23)
Navajo Nation Supreme Court to issue ruling in election dispute (02/12)
Supporters of Chris Deschene still upset with handling of election (01/16)
Editorial: Enough is enough with Navajo Nation election drama (1/15)
Navajo Nation leader starts second term despite election loss (1/14)
Agreement reached for leader of Navajo Nation to stay in office (1/12)
President of Navajo Nation remains in office amid election delay (1/8)
Controversy continues over Navajo Nation presidential election (1/5)
Navajo Nation's highest court dismisses challenge to candidate (12/17)
Appeal set in dispute over Navajo Nation presidential hopeful (11/26)
Complaint against Navajo Nation presidential hopeful dismissed (11/24)
Blog: Play-by-play of election controversy on Navajo Nation (11/21)
Navajo Nation Council fails to override veto on language bill (11/14)
Navajo Nation Council to consider language requirement veto (11/13)
Navajo Nation schedules December 23 presidential election (11/10)
Navajo Nation candidate Russell Begaye names running mate (11/6)
Petition seeks removal of Navajo Nation presidential hopeful (11/4)
Andrew Curley: Election flap exposes troubles in Navajo Nation (11/3)
Navajo Nation postpones presidential vote as legal drama ends (11/3)
Chris Deschene still urging Navajo Nation voters to choose him (10/30)
Navajo Nation president vetoes bill to address language issue (10/29)
Navajo Nation election officials refuse to delay upcoming vote (10/28)
Navajo Nation candidate Chris Deschene won't halt campaign (10/24)
Navajo Nation's top court orders new ballots without candidate (10/23)
Christopher Chavis: Navajo court got it wrong in fluency case (10/22)
Navajo Nation presidential hopeful to be removed from ballot (10/22)
Navajo Nation court still mulling decision in presidential case (10/21)
Top Navajo Nation court holds hearing in presidential dispute (10/20)
Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene stays on ballot (10/14)
Navajo presidential candidate to dispute removal from ballot (10/10)
Navajo presidential candidate loses ruling over language ability (10/9)
Navajo Nation won't delay election despite presidential dispute (10/2)
Navajo presidential candidate in doubt over fluency in language (9/29)
Navajo Nation might postpone election due to legal challenge (9/25)
Navajo Nation court to hear language issue affecting candidate (9/24)
Appeal filed over Navajo language ability of presidential hopeful (9/17)
Navajo Nation presidential candidate a target over fluency issue (09/11)
Navajo voters oust incumbent president Ben Shelly in primary (08/27)