Oct. 28 Nunavut election attracts 73 candidates
Peter Taptuna, Jeannie Ugyuk win seats by acclamation
Nunavut voters in 20 of 22 constituencies will head to the polls Oct. 28 for a territorial election that attracted 73 candidates, following the deadline for candidate declarations at 2:00 p.m. local time Sept. 27.
That’s far more than the number of hopefuls who put their names forward for the confused election held Oct. 27, 2008, when only 46 filed declarations.
But it’s a little less than the 82 candidates who contested the Feb. 16, 2004 territorial election. Nunavut’s first election, on Feb. 15, 1999, attracted 71.
This year, two candidates already know they’ll be members of the next Nunavut legislative assembly: Kugluktuk candidate Peter Taptuna and Netsilik candidate Jeannie Ugyuk, each of whom are incumbents, have won their seats by acclamation.
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.
Iqaluit’s four new seats have attracted 19 candidates, with six contesting the new constituency of Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu.
Notably absent this time around is Hunter Tootoo, the former speaker, cabinet minister and MLA for Iqaluit Centre, whose name did not appear on the list of declared candidates after the 2:00 p.m. deadline Sept. 27.
Go to the Elections Nunavut website to find information for candidates and voters, including maps of the new constituencies and election manuals.
Click on “Find your Constituency” for a list of the new seats, with contact information for returning officers and candidates.
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