There is a blizzard blowing in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital city Tuesday.
That might be a good thing, forcing closure of schools and offices and giving those who stayed up late last night to watch the Nunavut election results come in, some extra sleep.
Results came in late into the night with Elections Nunavut declaring at least one re-count.
That’s in the riding of Cambridge Bay where Jeannie Hakongak Ehaloak got 259 votes and Pamela Gross came in a close second with 250 votes.
According to the Nunavut elections website, voter turnout in the riding of Cambridge Bay was 70.47 per cent.
The Judicial Recount Manual states: “Judicial recounts are automatic where there is less than two per cent difference between the votes cast for the winning candidate and those cast for the candidate who came in second place.”
There is a process to follow involving an application to the court, which then decides on when the recount will take place. The manual states it has to happen within 10 days after the Court receives an application.
Regardless if it’s Ehaloak or Gross, six women will be among the 22 faces who will make up the next Nunavut Legislative Assembly. Double, from the last government.
All 72 candidates who ran in the election do so as an independent, as there are no parties.
The Nunavut Leadership Forum will be held on Nov. 17. Members interested in being the territory’s premier will put their name forward and yet again, make their pitch as to why they should gain the seat. This time, it will be in front of their fellow MLA’s, who will cast a vote for their next leader.
More information on last night’s results can be found at www.elections.nu.ca.
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