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ROSEAU River Anishinabe First Nation elected a trained accountant enrolled in university as its new chief.
Ken Henry was elected with 107 votes in a byelection Wednesday, according to figures supplied by his campaign.
The First Nation's custom council called the election after they voted to remove Terry Nelson as chief in September.
No figures were made available by the council on the election results but Henry's campaign released the figures they collected as the votes were counted.
The closest rival was Lawrence Henry, a councillor under the Nelson administration, with 57 votes, according to Ken Henry's campaign.
Ken Henry, who is from Roseau but lives in Winnipeg, came within 40 votes of unseating Nelson in his last bid for the leadership in March.
Nelson did not run this time.
Voter turnout dropped between the election in March and the one this week. In the last election, 555 ballots were cast out of an eligible 1,436 registered voters. The turnout this time was 194 votes.
Roseau River, located 100 kilometres south of Winnipeg, recently settled an illegal surrender land claim with the federal government for $80 million.
Social networks such as Facebook and YouTube played a prominent role in Henry's election because that's the best way to reach voters, especially with registered First Nation members split between Roseau River and homes off reserve in places such as Winnipeg.
"It's well-known that Roseau River youth and the older generation use social media," Henry said in an email exchange. "It's actually been encouraged during community meetings to, get on Facebook!" Henry added.
His campaign also posted a video on YouTube.
Henry is studying business administration at the University of Winnipeg.
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