A general election is when Nunavummiut voters elect all Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The MLAs form the Government of Nunavut and make laws. We have a general election every four years to elect an MLA in each constituency. All eligible Nunavummiut voters can vote in a general election.
A by-election is when eligible voters in one constituency elect an MLA. This can happen when an MLA leaves their job before the next general election. We have a by-election if an MLA leaves their job before the next general election. Only voters in that constituency can vote in a by-election.