Recounts in Nunavut election ties expected next week
Judicial recounts for Rankin Inlet South and Uqqumiut to take place in Iqaluit
Elections Nunavut hopes to have results from two judicial recounts by the middle of next week.
Two seats were undecided after Monday's territorial election: Lorne Kusugak and Alexander Sammurtok tied in Rankin Inlet South, and Niore Iqalukjuak and Samuel Nuqingaq tied in Uqqummiut.
Patrick Orr, legal counsel for Elections Nunavut, says the court has made a judge available for the recounts. The application for Rankin Inlet South has been filed and they are just getting the documents from the returning officer in Uqqummiut.
"We have to get flights arranged for people from Rankin and Clyde River to come into Iqaluit. We need the ballot boxes which are in transit from Uqqummiut [to Rankin Inlet], back to Iqaluit. But we think we can get it all arranged at the beginning part of the week."
Orr says they're hoping to have the recounts finished by the middle of next week, if all goes according to plan. He says everyone would like to have them done as soon as possible.
If either recount ends in a tie, a by-election would be called in that constituency. That means nominations would again be open to anyone.