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Nunavut Tunngavik announces nomination dates for president election

The nomination period for Nunavut Tunngavik's election for president will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. Current president Cathy Towtongie won't yet say whether she'll seek re-election.

Cathy Towtongie not yet ready to declare candidacy

President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Cathy Towtongie, is seen in her office in Iqaluit in 2014. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Nunavut Tunnagavik Inc.'s chief returning officer Mary Wilman has announced the nomination dates for the upcoming election for president. 

Candidates may file their nominations from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. and must file by 5 p.m. local time.

Current NTI President Cathy Towtongie was re-elected four years ago, earning nearly 20 per cent of the votes to beat 10 other candidates. The voter turnout was 35 per cent.

Contacted by CBC News on Friday, Towtongie couldn't say whether or not she'll seek a third term. 

"I'm still working. I'm still getting ready for the NTI annual general meeting next week, and then I'll have options open," Towtongie said. "Until I put in my nomination forms, I'm still working."

In a news release, Wilman said nominees must be Canadian citizens, be at least 16 years old by Dec. 12, 2016, and be enrolled under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

Candidates can get nomination forms from Wilman, community liaison officers, or from NTI's website after Oct. 31.

Voting day is on Dec. 12, with advance polls on Dec. 5.

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