Pangnirtung byelection set for next month

Residents will vote for a new mayor on Aug. 24

Mayoral candidates Stevie Komoartok and Eric Lawlor are both running to fill the position previously held by the late Hezakiah Oshutapik, who passed away in April. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Residents of Pangnirtung will cast their ballots for a new mayor on Aug. 24.

The previous mayor, Hezakiah Oshutapik, passed away in April, prompting the byelection.

Following an Elections Nunavut call for declarations of candidacy, two candidates stepped forward, Stevie Komoartok and Eric Lawlor.

Komoartok, a long-time Pangnirtung hamlet councillor, was the mayor prior to Oshutapik.

Lawlor, who is currently Pangnirtung’s community economic development officer, has also been involved with the hamlet’s youth council and the Inuit Ilagiit wellness society.

Neither Komoartok nor Lawlor ran for a position with the hamlet council or against Oshutapik in the municipal elections last fall.

The election day is set for Aug. 24, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the Community Hall.

For those who are unable to vote on election day, Elections Nunavut will do a mobile poll on the morning of Aug. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

To arrange for the mobile poll, contact the Pangnirtung returning officer, Peepeelee Qappik, by phone at 473-3114 or by email.

Later that day, between 12 noon and 7:00 p.m., an advanced vote will be open at the council chambers.

Alternatively, those who plan to be away from Pangnirtung on those dates can contact Elections Nunavut for a mail-in ballot.

For more information, contact Elections Nunavut.

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