Elections Nunavut confirmed on Twitter today that a judicial recount of the ballots cast in the territorial election on October 28th in the electoral district of Rankin Inlet South has resulted in a tie:
Judicial recount for Rankin Inlet South held in Iqaluit this morning has confirmed a tie. More details to follow
— Elections Nunavut (@elections_nu) November 5, 2013
Lorne Kusugak and Alexander Sammurtok each received 172 votes.
So what happens now? According to section 149(2) of the Elections Act (Nunavut), when a judicial recount confirms that there has been a tie, the Chief Electoral Officer “shall order that a new election be held”.
Look for Elections Nunavut to announce the details of the new election to determine who will be the representative for Rankin Inlet South.