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Voters in Baker Lake won’t be voting in a byelection for MLA until Aug. 24 because of COVID-19.

The byelection for Baker Lake’s new MLA will take place in August due to concerns over COVID-19.
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The nomination period was supposed to open this week and the byelection was originally scheduled for April 27.

“It is vital we practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible to reduce the
potential spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “After receiving a request from the municipality of Baker Lake, our cabinet is fully supportive of
postponing their byelection. The people of Baker Lake are doing what’s best to keep their
community safe.”

Simeon Mikkungwak announced his resignation as Baker Lake’s MLA on Feb. 24 due to family reasons.

The GN stated that detailed information for potential candidates will be made available by Elections Nunavut later this summer.

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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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