Kivalliq Inuit Association elects new VP, director for Naujaat
David Kuksuk wins vice-president position, according to unofficial results
The Kivalliq Inuit Association will have a new vice-president and director for Naujaat following its election Monday.
David Kuksuk of Arviat was elected vice-president with 35 per cent of the votes cast in the region and Helena Malliki was elected director for Naujaat with 45 per cent of the votes cast, the association’s chief returning officer Paul Okalik announced late Monday evening.
Overall, Kuksuk received 350 votes. He was running against five candidates. Malliki received 64 votes, with two others vying for the seat.
Two other director positions in Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove were filled by acclamation. Hamish Tatty will serve as director in Rankin Inlet and Guy Enuapik in Whale Cove.
The association said the results won’t be official until all ballots are received at the office of the chief returning officer.
The president’s position was not part of this election. President Kono Tattuinee was elected to a four-year term in 2019.
Only 16 per cent of the 6,274 eligible voters in the Kivalliq region’s seven communities turned out to vote in their birthright Inuit organization’s election.
The highest turnout was in Chesterfield Inlet, where 28 per cent of the eligible voters cast ballot.
The unofficial results for every community are posted on the Kivalliq Inuit Association’s website.