By Brad Bellegarde

Balcarres SK – Early reports from both Standing Buffalo and Okanese First Nations indicate that the voter turnout has increased by four times since the 2011 election.

According to one Standing Buffalo resident, who asked not to be named, by 3:00pm there were approximately 100 members of the band that cast a ballot in today’s election. The person adds that it is a large increase to the previous election with a large expectation of increased traffic at the polls later in the afternoon. “We expect a rush after 4:30pm because people will be returning from work,” said the Standing Buffalo resident.

Okanese First Nation is hosting the election poll for all four File Hills First Nations: Okanese, Little Black Bear, Starblanket & Peepeekesis. According to a Peepeekesis band member, voter turnout is much higher than last election and at around 4pm, the polling station was getting a constant flow of traffic.

Some file hills residents spent the day picking up and taking people to polling stations to vote.

Both First Nations are in the Regina-Qu’Appelle riding. This year, nine of the First Nations in the riding are hosting election polls.

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