Vote on $127-million Manitoba land settlement declared invalid

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WINNIPEG — A vote on whether to accept the largest land claim settlement in Canadian history was declared invalid Sunday because not enough ballots were cast.

The Peguis First Nation has 4,234 band members who were eligible to participate in the weekend referendum, but only 1,470 showed up. That represented 38 per cent of the population, and federal rules said that 51 per cent needed to vote.

Chief Glen Hudson said he was disappointed, though the results were overwhelmingly in support of accepting the treaty, 1,368 votes in favour to 102 against.

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