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NEWS: Nunavut October 31, 2012 - 4:05 pm

Next Nunavut election set for Oct. 28, 2013

New 22-seat electoral map to kick in next year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut voters will head to the polls Oct. 28, 2013 to elect 22 members to the fourth Nunavut legislative assembly, the assembly’s latest sitting calendar reveals.

The current 19-member assembly, which came into existence after the Oct. 27, 2008 territorial election, will dissolve Sept. 22, 2013.

On Sept. 23, 2013, the Nunavut Chief Electoral officer will issue the writ of election.

In the upcoming election, Nunavut voters will see a new 22-seat electoral map that MLAs approved in a vote held Oct. 28, 2011.

Here are some highlights of the new Nunavut electoral map:

• Kugaaruk will join Taloyoak in a new seat called Nattilik;

• Repulse Bay will join Coral Harbour in a new seat to be called Aivilik;

• Iqaluit’s three current electoral districts will be replaced by four new ones, to be named Niaqunnguuti, Sinaa, Tasirluq and Manirajaaq;

• Arviat will be divided into two new seats, Arviat North and Arviat South;

• Whale Cove will move from Rankin Inlet South into Arviat North;

• Chesterfield Inlet will move into Rankin Inlet North; and

• the current riding of Amittuq will be split into two new seats, with Hall Beach moving into a new Igloolik South constituency.

Between now and the next election, the assembly will likely meet three more times after the current fall 2012 sitting ends.

The winter 2013 sitting will run from Feb. 26, 2013 until March 19, 2013.

A spring 2013 sitting will likely be held some time between May 7, 2013 and June 13, 2013, although exact dates have not yet been fixed.

A final sitting of the assembly could be held Aug. 27, 2013 until Sept. 12, 2013, but those dates have not yet been confirmed.

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