Audlaluk of Grise Fiord takes QIA vice presidency
Only 2,260 beneficiaries cast ballots
Larry Audlaluk of Grise Fiord, who has served as interim vice president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association since last June, will now serve as the organization’s elected vice president.
Audlaluk, in a vote held Dec. 9 among eligible Qikiqtani region beneficiaries, won the QIA’s vice presidency by taking 864 votes.
Meeka Kilabuk of Iqaluit finished second with 637 votes, James Qillaq of Clyde River finished third with 419 and Abraham Kublu of Pond Inlet brought up the rear with 340 votes.
The QIA figures show that 9,162 beneficiaries were eligible to vote but only 2,265 voters cast ballots for a turnout of about 25 per cent.
On Dec. 12, 2011, when 2,908 beneficiaries cast ballots in the QIA president election, turnout was calculated at 32 per cent.
The vice president’s position opened up this past June, when George Eckalook resigned for personal reasons.
Also on Dec. 9, beneficiaries in Pangnirtung elected Tommy Akulukjuk, who took 181 votes, as community director.
Limee Nakashuk took 46 votes, Abraham Keenainak took 45 and Jaypatee Qappik finished last with 43 votes.
In Pangnirtung, 315 beneficiaries cast ballots out of 868 who were eligible, for a turnout of about 36 per cent.