Nunavut election kicks off

Nunavummiut will soon head to the polls and cast their vote for the next group of MLAs in an election to be held October 28th.

Nunavummiut will soon head to the polls and cast their vote for the next group of MLAs.

The legislative assembly finished business over the weekend, and the writ for the territorial election was formally dropped on Monday, kicking off the race towards the vote on October 28th.

Sandy Kusugak, the territory's chief electoral officer, says campaigning will be limited to people living in the territory themselves. Supporters can express their opinions on social media, but formal campaigning will be limited to Nunavummiut.

"Entities that don't operate in Nunavut — that's people, corporations and other organizations — are not allowed to campaign in the Nunavut Election," Kusugak said. "It's leaving campaigning for Nunavut elections to voters in Nunavut and people, and corporations and organizations that are in Nunavut."

Open race

People interested in running have until 2 p.m. on Friday to submit their declarations of candidacy. But some candidates have already declared their intentions to run. Former territorial and Federal politician Jack Anawak says he'll run in Iqaluit's Niaqunnguu constituency.

"I think we need that commitment and the leadership to say — I don't know whether you throw everything out the window, but — let's regroup and say 'what can we do to make life better for the people of Nunavut?'" 

Anawak served as a Liberal MP in the House of Commons in Ottawa from 1988 to 1997. He was elected to Nunavut's first Legislative Assembly after the territory was created in 1999. Anawak ran for Premier that year but was defeated by Paul Okalik.

He says he plans to seek the position of Premier again this time around. 

Others have also announced their intentions to run.

Over the weekend, Apex resident, Gideonie Joamie said he'll run in the Tasiluk constituency. And this morning, Leesee Papatsie declared she will run in the Iqaluit-Sinaa area.

Papatsie is known for starting the "Feeding my Family" Facebook group.


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