The government in the Inuit region of Atlantic Canada has confirmed that their rescheduled election for president will be on October 6, after being cancelled earlier this year because of COVID-19.
The government of Nunatsiavut, the Inuit region in the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, postponed the May 5 election this year over COVID-19 concerns.
In a news release on Tuesday, the Nunatsiavut Government said people should prepare for changes in polling stations this October because of the pandemic.
Changes will include limits on the number of people in the station at one time, enforcement of a minimum two-metre distance between people, hand sanitzer stations and frequent disinfecting of the area.
Inuit-language debate in September
A candidates’ debate in Innuttut, the Inuit language dialect in Nunatsiavut, will take place in September.
Advance polls are also also go ahead as usual and will be scheduled within ten days of the election.
Nunatsiavut’s population of 2560 is spread out between five communities along the Atlantic coast: Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, Postville and Rigolet.
The current president is Johannes Lampe.
Nominations for the new president will close on September 1 at noon, Nunatsiavut time.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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