Chief Electoral Officer announces results of Nunavut’s Third General Election

27/10/2008

RANKIN INLET, Nunavut – Chief Electoral Officer Sandy Kusugak tonight announced the results of the third general election for Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.

Approximately 8000 Nunavummiut voted in today’s election. Voter turnout based on the official voters list was 71%, down 10% from the last general election. The Chief Electoral Officer said, “Voting went smoothly across the territory today. Weather conditions were favourable throughout Nunavut. Results came in quickly. Our Returning Officers and their staff are to be congratulated for their good work.”

A recount will be held in only one constituency: Uqqummiut where incumbent James Arreak received 218 votes closely followed by Loasie Audlakiak with 212. The Nunavut Elections Act requires that a recount be held when the difference between the number of votes in favour of the candidate having received the most votes and any other candidate is zero or less than 2% of the total number of votes cast in the constituency. The recount is expected to be held within the next two weeks.

Sixteen men and one woman have been elected or acclaimed to serve as Members of the Third Legislative Assembly of Nunavut:

Amittuq: Louis Tapardjuk
Arviat: Daniel Shewchuk
Baker Lake: Moses Aupaluktuq
Cambridge Bay Keith Peterson (acclaimed)
Hudson Bay: Allan Rumbolt
Iqaluit Centre: Hunter Tootoo
Iqaluit East: Eva Aariak
Iqaluit West: Paul Okalik
Kugluktuk: Peter Taptuna
Nanulik: Johnny Ningeongan
Nattilik: Enuk Pauloosie
Pangnirtung: Adamee Komoartok
Quttiktuq: Ron Elliott
Rankin Inlet North: Tagak Curley (acclaimed)