Nunavut voters head to the polls today in territorial election
Polling times staggered across time zones to synchronize closing times
After 30 days of door-knocking, hand-shaking, and question-answering, candidates for 20 open seats in the new Nunavut Legislative Assembly are mobilizing family, friends and supporters to get out and vote today.
Polls opened this morning across the territory with staggered opening hours so that all polls will close at the same time, allowing Elections Nunavut to calculate results quickly and synchronize their release.
You can track the results, after polls close and counting starts, by using this Elections Nunavut results web page.
If you’re voting in the Kitikmeot region, in the Mountain time zone, polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; in the Kivalliq region, in the Central time zone, polls are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and in the Baffin region, in the Eastern time zone, polls will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Voters in Gjoa Haven should pay particular attention to their ballot this time around.
Andrew Porter, who submitted nomination papers to run for MLA in that constituency, dropped out two weeks ago but not in time to get his name off the ballot.
So even though his name will appear on the ballot, he no longer wishes to become MLA.
Voters in that community may casts vote for one of three other candidates: Tony Akoak, Linda Hunter and George Sonny Porter.
Though there are 22 seats in the legislature, two candidates ran uncontested and won their seats by acclamation: Kugluktuk candidate Peter Taptuna and Netsilik candidate Jeannie Ugyuk, each of whom are incumbents.
Ugyuk’s constituency is new, comprising Taloyoak and Kugaaruk. In the last assembly she represented Nattilik, which then comprised Taloyoak and Gjoa Haven, following her victory in a by-election held April 26, 2010.
Taptuna has held his seat since 2008, when he took 59.5 per cent of the vote to defeat Donald Havioyak.
A total of 12 woman candidates are contesting half of the 20 available seats.
And six constituencies — Aivilik, Amittuq, Baker Lake, Quttiktuq, Rankin Inlet South, and Tununiq — will feature head-to-head races between two candidates.
Iqaluit’s four new seats have attracted 19 candidates, with six contesting the new constituency of Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu. Several high-profile candidates are running for a seat in Iqaluit including the current premier, Eva Aariak, and former premier Paul Okalik.
For more information on how to vote, go to the Elections Nunavut website.
Here’s who’s running in Nunavut’s 22 new constituencies:
Paul Aarulaaq Quassa
George Quviq Qulaut
Arviat North-Whale Cove
Joseph Ivitaaruq Kaviok
Clara Hokayak Evalik
George Sonny Porter
Peter Taptuna (Acclaimed)
Jeannie Ugjuk (Acclaimed)
Harry J. Dialla
Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet
Tom T. Sammurtok
Rankin Inlet South
Mathew Saveakjuk Jaw
David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq