The withdrawal of 0281-14 means that it no longer exists.
Curley said he also withdrew legislation 0282-14, which was for the Council to vote on a new speaker. After Speaker Johnny Naize resigned as speaker and Council delegate, the position of speaker officially became vacant.
The Council put Naize on administrative leave on April 4 after the Navajo Nation Special Prosecutor filed 11 tribal criminal charges of bribery and conspiracy against Naize in December 2014. The Council appointed Delegate LoRenzo Bates as speaker pro temp.
Curley, with total frustration in his voice, said that there was no sense in moving forward with 0281-14 and 0282-14 because his sponsorship of both pieces of legislation was for the Council to treat the two legislation as emergency legislation and vote on both them during today’s special session.
He noted that 0281-14 was to stop the “disenfranchisement” of the more than 9,000 voters, who voted for presidential candidate Chris Deschene during the primary election, which could happen tomorrow, Oct. 3, 2014, if the Navajo Nation Office of Hearings and Appeals disqualified Deschene as a presidential candidate because he desn’t meet the Navajo language fluency requirement.
During the primary election, Dechene received 9,734 votes, which put him in second place. First place was taken by former President Joe Shirley Jr., who received 10,910. There was a total of 52,030 votes cast in the primary election. There were 111,336 registered voters for the primary election.
Curley said that his withdrawal of legislation for the Council to vote on a new speaker, which could have been Speaker Pro Temp Bates he added, was also because he thought the Council would act on legislation 0282-14 as emergency legislation today, Oct. 2, 2014.
Bates might as well continue as speaker pro temp until January 2015, which is when Naize’s term as speaker would have ended and the newly inaugurated Council votes for a new speaker.