Judicial recount required in Akulliq By-election

16/12/2008

RANKIN INLET, Nunavut - 78% of eligible voters in the constituency of Akulliq had voted by the 7pm closing this evening, but the residents of Kugaaruk and Repulse Bay will have to wait a while longer to be certain who will represent them in the Nunavut legislature.

Four candidates submitted declarations of candidacy after the writ was issued on November 10: Helena Malliki, Steve Mapsalak, John Ningark and Marius Tungilik.

When the results were tallied late this evening, Returning Officer Romeo Kopak announced that since there was a difference of less than 2% in the number of votes attained by the candidate who received the most votes, John Ningark and the next candidate Steve Mapsalak, a judicial recount would be required.

Results summary:
Helena Malliki 111
Steve Mapsalak 155
John Ningark 157
Marius Tungilik 38

Rejected ballots 6

Detailed results will be available by 12pm December 16 at www.elections.nu.ca.

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For details contact:
Sandy Kusugak – Chief Electoral Officer
Ph: 800.267.4394 Rankin Inlet 645.4610
Fax: 800.269.1125 Rankin Inlet 645.4657
info@elections.nu.ca