Two recounts requested in Nunatsiavut elections

Derek Montague
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Unofficial results show tight races and some surprises

Amalia Jararuse casts her vote in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for two Nunatsiavut ordinary members in the 2014 election.

The Nunatsiavut election for ordinary members was held throughout Labrador on May 6.

Beneficiaries voted for representatives in seven different regions: Nain, Upper Lake Melville, Hopedale, Postville, Makkovik, Rigolet and Canada.

The unofficial election results, released immediately after polls closed, show tight races in many communities.

In Postville, Tyler Edmunds defeated Glen Sheppard by just a single vote. In Hopedale, Greg Flowers defeated Susan Nochasak by seven.

According to Nunatsiavut chief electoral officer, Jack Shiwak, Sheppard and Nochasak requested recounts. Shiwak also said, however, that the results were so close he would have recounted even without a request. The results of the recount are expected to be complete on Friday, May 9.

There was also a surprising result in the most populated region, Upper Lake Melville. In a three-person race for two seats, Roy Blake was the lone challenger against the two incumbents, Gary Mitchell and Patricia Kemuksigak. Blake collected the most votes with 649, while Kemuksigak grabbed the second seat with 522. Gary Mitchell was the odd man out with 446.

Below are the full unofficial election results for each region.

Upper lake Melville

• Roy Blake (elected) — 649;

• Patricia Kemuksigak (re-elected) — 522;

• Gary Mitchell— 446.

Nain

• Sean Lyall (elected) — 367;

• Richard Pamak (elected) — 243;

• Joe Dicker — 181;

• Jim Lyall — 150;

• Johannes Lampe — 134;

• William Barbour — 101.

Canada

• Daniel Pottle (re-elected) — 432;

• Patricia Ford (re-elected) — 400;

• Zippie Nochasak — 115;

• Edward Rudkowski — 108.

Hopedale

• Greg Flowers (elected) —107;

• Susan Nochasak — 100;

• Marjorie Flowers — 89.

Makkovik

• Kate Mitchell (elected) — 101;

• Denise Lane — 60.

Rigolet

• Darryl Shiwak (re-elected) — 92;

• Melva Williams — 48;

• Chesley Sheppard — 19.

Postville

• Tyler Edmunds (elected) — 53;

• Glen Sheppard (elected) — 52.

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

Geographic location: Hopedale, Postville, Canada Labrador

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