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December 15, 2014
Communities in the NWT have elected two new mayors, re-elected one and acclaimed another in territory-wide hamlet elections held early last week.
A total of eight candidates in four communities ran for mayor, while 55 additional constituents sought positions as councillors during the Dec. 8 vote.
Fort Resolution had the greatest voter turnout of any community, with about 64 per cent of eligible voters at the polls. Other municipalities varied from a low of 28 per cent in Tuktoyaktuk to 47.5 per cent in Ulukhaktok.
“There were four communities that had to do an automatic recount,” said Valerie Conrad, deputy chief municipal electoral officer for MACA. “When there’s four or fewer votes that separate the last winner and the first person who didn’t get elected you have to do an auto-recount.”
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