Elections Act glitch prompts special sitting of Nunavut legislature

MLAs will convene at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Nunavut’s MLAs will take their sealskin-upholstered seats on Thursday, Oct. 17, for the fall sitting, which is scheduled to wrap up on Nov. 7. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut’s legislature will convene on Tuesday, Sept. 17, for a special one-day sitting to fix a glitch in the territory’s Elections Act.

“In 2017, legislation was passed to harmonize the administration of elections to municipal councils and district education authorities under the authority of the Nunavut Elections Act,” said the legislature’s Speaker, Simeon Mikkungwak, in a news release.

“In the course of preparing for the upcoming elections that will be held across the territory on October 28, 2019, a technical issue was identified that necessitates a statutory amendment to ensure that clear rules are in place for employees of the territorial public service who wish to stand for election.

“Consequently, after consultation with the executive council and members of the legislative assembly, I have determined that the public interest requires that the House be recalled at this time.”

The special sitting will start at 1:30 p.m. The fall sitting of the legislature will still start, as planned, on October 17 at 1:30 p.m.

There will only be “limited incremental costs associated with the recall of the House,” said Mikkungwak, since MLAs were expected to gather next week for standing committee meetings, including televised hearings on the most recent report by the auditor general.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Journalist at heart on

    This is a direct quote from the press release.
    Could Nunatsiaq News find a journalist to ask:

    What is this “glitch” ? who does it impact ? why is that interest so important? (It may well be if it impacts the right to vote – but we don’t yet know ) but not important enough to be identified in the press release?

    If it is important enough to recall the Assembly, why was it missed in the first place?

    • Posted by Good questions on

      Good questions, I agree the local media often fails to fill in these information gaps.

  2. Posted by Pootoogook on

    What the heck is going on with Territorial elections, that they have to meet for a 1-day session?

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