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The Canadianmarker territory of Nunavutmarker conducted its second general election on February 16, 2004, to elect the 19 members of the Legislative Assemblymarker.

Premier Paul Okalik asked for the five-year-old territory's first parliament to be dissolved on January 16.

The territory operates on a consensus government system with no political parties; the premier is subsequently chosen by and from the MLAs. There were 11,285 registered voters at the time of the election call.


Issues at the election included:

  • the size of the civil service;
  • the territory's Human Rights Act;
  • education;
  • language and culture.


Elections were held in 18 of the 19 electoral districts. Rankin Inlet North acclaimed its MLA. The following is a list of the districts with their candidates.

District Incumbent Elected Percentage Defeated candidates
Akulliq Ovide Alakannuark Steve Mapsalak 34.86% George Bohlender, Joani Kringayark, John Ningark, Roland Tungilik
Amittuq Enoki Irqittuq Louis Tapardjuk 39.63% Solomon Allurut, Enoki Irqittuq
Arviat Kevin O'Brien David Alagalak 36.53% Peter Alareak, Peter Two Aulatjut, Kevin O'Brien, Jay Saint, Kono Tattuinee
Baker Lake Glenn McLean David Simailak 48.22% David Aksawnee, Becky Kudloo, David Toolooktook Sr.
Cambridge Bay Kelvin Ng Keith Peterson 54.09% Harry Ambrose M. Aknavigak, David Kaosoni, Harry Maksagak
Hudson Bay Peter Kattuk Peter Kattuk 42.76% Moses Appaqaq, Joe Arragutainaq, Kupapik Ningeocheak, Johnny Tookalook
Iqaluit Centre Hunter Tootoo Hunter Tootoo 44.8% Natsiq Alainga-Kango, Mike Courtney, Kevin MacCormack, Pauloosie Paniloo, Mary Ellen Thomas
Iqaluit East Ed Picco Ed Picco 70.68% John Amagoalik, Norman Ishulutak
Iqaluit West Paul Okalik Paul Okalik 76.99% Doug Workman
Kugluktuk Donald Havioyak Joe Allen Evyagotailak 40.41% Donald Havioyak, Millie Kuliktana
Nanulik Patterk Netser Patterk Netser 34.92% Emily Beardsall, Willy Nakoolak, Bernard Putulik Sr.
Nattilik Uriash Puqiqnak Leona Aglukkaq 42.84% Tom Akoak, Anthony Anguttitauruq, David Irqiut, Simon Qingnaqtuq, Sonny Porter, Ruediger H.J. Rasch
Pangnirtung Peter Kilabuk Peter Kilabuk 61.87% Simeonie Keenainak
Quttiktuq Rebekah Williams Levi Barnabas 43.94% Lucas Amagoalik, Pauloosie Attagootak, Larry Audlaluk, Anthony Ullikatar, Rebekah Williams
Rankin Inlet North Jack Anawak Tagak Curley acclaimed none
Rankin Inlet South/Whale Cove Manitok Thompson Levinia Brown 38.87% Jerry Ell, Percy Kabloona, Ishmael Naulalik, Solomon Voisey
South Baffin Olayuk Akesuk Olayuk Akesuk 58.94% Malicktoo Lyta, Martha Lyta
Tunnuniq Jobie Nutarak Jobie Nutarak 31.84% Appitaq Enuaraq, Sam Omik, David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq
Uqqummiut David Iqaqrialu James Arreak 27.06% Stevie Audlakiak, Phoebe Palluq Hainnu, Peter Iqalukjuak, David Iqaqrialu, Samuel Nuqingaq, Lootie Toomasie

Source: Results (CBC News)

In the main, Nunavummiut decided to stay with their present legislature. The premier, four cabinet ministers, and three other MLAs were re-elected; five incumbents were defeated, including former speaker of the house Kevin O'Brien. Only two women were elected to the 19-seat legislature.

Premier Paul Okalik was given a firm endorsement by the voters in his riding. He faced a strong challenge for the premier's job from Tagak Curley, who was acclaimed to his seat. However, Okalik was returned to the premiership on March 5, 2004, by the new legislature. [51860]


For the first time, residents of several tiny, isolated communities were able to vote by satellite phone.

Voter turnout was 98%; in 8 of the 18 ridings it was higher than 100% (as high as 134% in Kugluktuk) since there was no door-to-door enumeration and voter registration is permitted at the polling station.

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