Olayuk Akesuk, who decided not to seek re-election as MLA for South Baffin, says he may take another run at the job if no one else wants it.

Akesuk said he was surprised no one in his constituency — with a total population of about 1,600 — has come forward to run in Nunavut's territorial election Oct. 27.

South Baffin includes the hamlets of Kimmirut and Cape Dorset. A byelection has now been scheduled for Nov. 3.

"Only if nobody's going to do it, I'd do it. But if somebody else is going to put their name foward in the byelection, I already said that … I wouldn't run and I'm trying to give other people a chance," Akesuk told CBC News on Monday.

"If it comes to nobody putting their name forward again, I guess I'll have to reconsider."

Akesuk has represented South Baffin since being first elected in Nunavut's inaugural election in 1999.

While admitting it's a challenging job, he said it's a great opportunity that he had hoped to hand over to someone else.

"It's a very tough job. It's very demanding. You always leave your family behind, and you always have to try and make sure that you respect people all the time," he said.

"You can't just start shouting at people; you have to be a very respectful person to be there. And it's something I've been doing for 9½ years, and I've learned a lot from it."