Kitikmeot Inuit head to polls in December to elect KIA executives
Three vice-presidents and a board member are up for election
Kitikmeot Inuit will vote next month to fill four executive positions in their birthright organization.
Eligible Kitikmeot Inuit beneficiaries can vote on Dec. 9 or on Dec. 2, in an advance poll, to choose new vice-presidents for social and cultural development, economic development, and wildlife and environment, as well as a new board member for Cambridge Bay.
The KIA’s chief returning officer, Martina Maniyogina, listed the candidates for the four-year term positions in a news release:
- vice-president of social and cultural development: Bob Aknavigak, Darlene Metuituk
- vice-president of economic development: Clara Evalik, Charlie Lyall (incumbent)
- vice-president of wildlife and environment: Joe Ashevak, Attima Hadlari (incumbent), George Sonny Porter
- board member for Cambridge Bay: Natasha Lear, André Otokiak (incumbent)
The advance poll will be held on Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while election day is on Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Notices of the polling station locations will be posted in each of the region’s five communities, the KIA said.
Proxy forms for voters are also available from the offices of community liaison officers or at the KIA head office in Cambridge Bay.
About 3,500 Kitikmeot Inuit, who are Canadian citizens aged 16 years or older, and enrolled in the Nunavut Agreement, are eligible to vote in the upcoming election.
But in some past KIA elections the turnout has fallen below 30 per cent.