The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Election Committee certified petition signatures for the recall of council member Roderick Bell Thursday after a petition was filed May 10 and May 11 seeking the recall of Bell.

According to the certification document, the TEC issued a recall petition form on April 6 with a submission deadline for completed signatures on May 11. The completed petitions were submitted to the Tribal Chief’s office on May 10 and May 11 with 358 signatures.

Pursuant to Article IV, Sec. 7 of the Tribal Constitution, a recall election shall be held when 40 percent of the eligible voters from a Choctaw community submit a petition for recall of a member elected by that community. The requirement for the Bogue Chitto community would be 318 voters.

After review of the submitted signatures, the TEC determined that 23 signatures were not valid signatures from eligible voters. The TEC verified the remaining 335 signatures.

Based upon the Tribal Constitution, the Tribal Council is now required to call a special election within 60 calendar days on the issue of recall.

No date has been set yet for the recall election of Bell.

Requests for more information from the Choctaw Tribal Council have been made, but no response has been received as of press time.