Election Day in Nutashkuan | Radio-Canada

Election Day in Nutashkuan | Radio-Canada
Election Day in Nutashkuan | Radio-Canada

Voters in Nutashkuan are invited to go to the polls at the community centre until 7 p.m. on Saturday to elect their next chief and four councillors.

Six people, including outgoing chief Réal Tettault and Natashquan Mayor Henri Wapistan, are running for the position of chief of the community of 1,600 people.

The other candidates for the post of leader are Roberto Wapistan, Pierre Kaltush, Marie-Paule Malec and Marc-André Kaltush.

During the last debate of the campaign, which took place last Wednesday, members of the community asked several questions concerning certain issues that were close to their hearts, such as access to housing, reform of the electoral code and security.

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Alexis Wawanoloath is the election president of Nutashkuan and a lawyer specializing in indigenous law. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Charles-Étienne Drouin

According to the president of elections and lawyer in indigenous law, Alexis Wawalonoath, 279 voters, or more than one in three voters, have already exercised their right to vote during the advance poll.

He specifies that 844 people are registered on the electoral roll.

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The vote count will start at 8 p.m. this Saturday evening.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Courtesy of Liliane Malec

Once the polls close and the count is complete, the results should be known around midnight.

The turnout in the last election in 2022 was 80%, or 600 votes out of 750 voters. During these elections, the Nutashkuan band council was entirely re-elected.

With information from Alban Normandin

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