Kivalliq Inuit Association elects new VP, director for Naujaat

David Kuksuk wins vice-president position, according to unofficial results

David Kuksuk of Arviat, known by many for his talents as a musician, has been elected as vice-president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, according to its unofficial results from Monday’s election. (Photo courtesy of Alianait)

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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(9) Comments:

  1. Posted by articrick on

    Damn, only 16% of beneficiaries cared for this election, not really a surprise of low voter turnout.

  2. Posted by Consistency on

    16% turn out… well that does not put a lot of faith in KIA leadership.

    • Posted by No one voted cause no one cares on

      If they cared or were concerned they would vote,?

  3. Posted by Volunteer on

    The election office is not making announcements on a regular basis to remind people. Most of the older generation is not on computer. Everything on website is part of the problem and also the staff in communities who are just collecting salary. The silent useless bunch most of them.

  4. Posted by Northern Guy on

    I am not sure if 16% voter turnout constitutes enough of a plurality to make these elections official. Pretty sad state of affairs.

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  5. Posted by Confused on

    VP, Director for Naujaat, shouldn’t he represent Arviat instead?

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