Voters in the Nunavut riding of Netsilik will choose a new MLA in a byelection on Feb. 8.

Former Netsilik MLA and Family Services minister Jeannie Ugyuk resigned her seat on Nov. 9 following a vote of no confidence during the mid-term leadership review.

The Nunavut Elections Act requires that a election be held within six months after a seat becomes vacant.

In a news release, Premier Peter Taptuna said the timing of the byelection would ensure the people of Taloyoak and Kugaaruk would have an MLA to represent them during the 2016 winter sitting of the legislature.

The nomination period for candidates would be in January. Anyone interested in running as a candidate in the byelection should contact Elections Nunavut for more information.