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Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:30:20 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Premier Eva Aariak loses in Nunavut election



Premier Eva Aariak loses in Nunavut election

Incumbent Premier Eva Aariak has lost her seat as the vote count is well underway in Nunavut's fourth territorial election. 

George Hickes has beaten Aariak in the constituency of Iqaluit-Tasiluk.

Elsewhere, Monica Ell was re-elected in the constituency of Iqaluit-Manirajak. Isaac Shooyook has been elected in Quttiktuq.

Other winners

Former Premier Paul Okalik was also elected in Iqaluit-Sinaa. Okalik has been out of territorial politics since running for the federal Liberals in 2011.

Pat Angnakak was elected in Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu. Tom Sammurtok has been elected in the constituency of Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield, and Joe Enook has won in Tununiq.

Joe Savikataaq has also been elected in Arviat South.

Allan Rumbolt has been re-elected in Hudson Bay and Steven Mapsalak has been elected in Aivilik. Mapsalak was previously the MLA there from 2004 until 2008.

Tie in Rank Inlet South

According to Elections Nunavut, there's a tie in the constituency of Rankin Inlet South, where both Alexander Sammurtok and LorneKusugak are tied with 172.

According to Elections Nunavut, that calls for an automatic judicial recount within the next 10 days. If there is still a tie after the recount, the Chief Electoral Officer will order a new election.

Two people were acclaimed ahead of the Monday vote because nobody else ran in those constituencies. Peter Taptuna will represent Kugluktuk and Jeannie Ugyuk will represent Netsilik.

After the winners and acclamations above, there are still nine seats left to be decided. With no political parties, the premier won't be known until the 22 members vote on a leader next month. And then that person will name his or her cabinet.

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The last time Nunavut went to the polls in 2008, 71 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots — far higher than the Canadian average.

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