Hall Beach voters choose Jaypeetee Audlakiak as mayor

Candidate wins with 35.5 per cent of votes cast in Feb. 10 byelection, with turnout of only 33 per cent

Jaypeetee Audlakiak will now serve as mayor of Hall Beach, following a byelection held on Feb. 10. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

In a byelection held on Monday, Feb. 10, at the community’s hamlet council chambers, Jaypeetee Audlakiak has been elected mayor of Hall Beach.

Audlakiak won 49, or 35.5 per cent, of the 138 votes cast in the byelection to win the position against five other candidates.

Voter turnout was 33 per cent.

Here are the full unofficial results, as reported by Elections Nunavut:

• Jaypeetee Audlakiak: 49
• Ammie Ham Qaumayuk Kipsigak: 28
• Jopie Kaenerk: 21
• Jason Kaenerk:15
• Andrew Qaunaq: 14
• Solomon Ullupak: 11
• Rejected ballots: 0

Total votes cast: 138
Turnout: 33 per cent.

Jayko Simonie had been elected mayor of Hall Beach in the Oct. 28 round of municipal elections across Nunavut, but vacated the position soon after, triggering the need for a byelection.

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