TULSA, OK - Since the Cherokee Nation tribe had its election three weeks ago, the incumbent and his challenger have each been declared the winner twice.

The results of the June 25 election remain in doubt for the Cherokee Nation as the tribe's Supreme Court meets Tuesday evening to begin sorting out the mess before the Aug. 14 inauguration of the new president.

The court hearing comes after a third count of ballots cast in the June election over the weekend, in which unofficial results showed that Principal Chief Chad Smith had won by a very thin margin of 5 votes over his challenger, councilman Bill John Baker.

Later Tuesday, the justices could certify the weekend's election results, hear more evidence from attorneys representing each campaign or order a new election.