Baker Lake byelection set for April 27

Declaration of candidacy period opens March 23, closes March 27

Voters in Baker Lake will choose an MLA in a byelection scheduled for April 27. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Voters in Baker Lake will choose an MLA in a byelection set for April 27, Premier Joe Savikataaq announced earlier this week.

“It’s important that the byelection is held quickly, to ensure the constituents of Baker Lake are represented in the spring sitting of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly,” Savikataaq said.

To become a candidate in that byelection, you must be a resident of the constituency on the date the writ of byelection is issued, which in this case will be March 23.

Baker Lake’s seat in the Nunavut legislature was vacated on Feb. 24, when Simeon Mikkungwak resigned as MLA and as Speaker of the legislature.

Mikkungwak, who resigned for family reasons, was first elected to the legislative assembly in 2013 and was re-elected in the fall of 2017.

The Nunavut cabinet has confirmed the April 27 byelection date, and Nunavut Commissioner Nellie Kusugak will issue the byelection writ on on March 23, a news release says.

Those who wish to contest the byelection may submit declarations of candidacy to Elections Nunavut between March 23 and 2 p.m. on March 27, Elections Nunavut says.

“The declarations of candidacy for candidates must be hand-delivered to the returning officer or delegate by that time,” Elections Nunavut says.

Those who want more information about how to become a byelection candidate can visit this web page.

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