Referendum on the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government - The addition of votes confirms the preliminary results

May 18, 2011

 

Québec, May 18, 2011 – Adamie Padlayat, Regional Director of the Referendum in Nunavik, announces that the addition of the votes cast during the April 27th poll confirms the preliminary results. A majority of electors voted against the Final Agreement on the creation of a regional government by answering NO to the following question:
 
“Do you approve the Final Agreement on the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government?”
 
The official results of the referendum are as follows: out of 4,293 votes cast, 2 842, namely approximately 66%, are in favour of the NO option, whereas 1,400 electors, namely approximately 33%, answered YES to this question. In all, 51 ballot papers were rejected. The NO option was in the majority in all 14 villages of Nunavik, as well as among the electors who voted outside the territory. A percentage of 54.5% of the electors registered on the referendum list exercised their right to vote.
 
The approval of the Agreement was conditional upon a majority of the votes cast at the time of the referendum being in favour of the Agreement and that this majority represents at least 25% plus one of all of the electors qualified to vote.
 
The persons qualified to vote inhabiting the 14 villages of the territory, as well as the Inuit beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement who live outside Nunavik had the right to vote in this referendum. In all, there were 7,881 people who could cast their vote.
 
It should be recalled that the Final Agreement on the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government was reached between the Federal Government, the Government of Québec and Makivik Corporation, which represents the interests of Inuit beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. It notably provided for the merger of three major public organizations of Nunavik, the Kativik Regional Government (KRG, the supramunicipal administration of the region), the Kativik School Board (KSB) and the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS).
 
To obtain more information on the referendum in Nunavik, you can consult the special section of the web-site of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec at the following address: www.electionsquebec.qc.ca.
 
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Category : Nunavik Referendum