Elections Nunavut issues writ for do-over by-election in Rankin
Deadline for Rankin Inlet South hopefuls falls Jan. 10
Eligible Nunavut voters may now enter the Feb. 10 by-election in Rankin Inlet South.
Any eligible voter in Nunavut may become a candidate for the by-election, which must be held because of a tie produced by the territorial election this past Oct. 28.
“You do not have to live in Rankin Inlet South to be a candidate,” said a Jan. 6 Elections Nunavut press release.
The deadline for receiving candidate declarations falls on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m., Elections Nunavut said.
Following a judge’s recount held Nov. 5, the two candidates — Lorne Kusugak and Alexander Sammurtok — ended up in an unbreakable tie, each with 172 votes.
Sammurtok has already confirmed with Nunatsiaq News that he will contest the by-election.
“I think I’ve got a good chance,” Sammurtok said Nov. 5, after the judicial recount.
Kusugak, the incumbent MLA for the old riding of Rankin Inlet South-Whale Cove, also plans on running.
“I’m definitely running,” Kusugak said Nov. 14. “I’ve always been certain that I plan to run.”
The total number of voters on the riding’s list sits at 615. About 57 per cent turned out to vote Oct. 28, with six rejected ballots.