Two-person race for Nunavut Tunngavik presidency
Andrew Nakashuk of Pangnirtug will challenge incumbent Aluki Kotierk
Aluki Kotierk, the current president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., will face only one challenger in the Inuit organization’s Nunavut-wide election on Dec. 14: Andrew Nakashuk of Pangnirtung, the organization’s website says.
Nakashuk, has served as a member of the Nunavut Planning Commission since 2013 and as its chair since 2016. He also sits as vice-chairman on the board of the Qulliq Energy Corp.
Kotierk won NTI’s presidency on Dec. 13, 2016, when she took 32.1 per cent of ballots cast, slightly less than one-third of the total, to defeat incumbent Cathie Towtongie and four other candidates. Only 31.9 per cent of eligible Nunavut Inuit voters cast ballots that year.
This may be the fewest candidates to ever run in an NTI presidential election. For example, in 2010, 11 candidates ran for the job.
Until the end of the day on Monday, Nov. 16, Kotierk and Nakashuk are deemed unofficial candidates. They may withdraw their nomination papers until 5 p.m. today.
To be eligible to cast ballots, voters must be 16 years of age or older as of Dec. 14 and be enrolled in the Nunavut Agreement.
NTI says an advance poll will be held on Dec. 7 and that voters may also cast ballots by mobile poll, proxy vote or mail-in ballot.
The organization also says that NTI has contingency plans for COVID-19, and it will follow guidelines issued by the Nunavut chief public health officer but gave no details on how that will work.