Recounts in 2 close races confirm Nunavut election winners

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Joelie Kaernek, left, and Pamela Hagongak Gross were confirmed to have won their constituencies during the recent Nunavut territorial election and will be the MLAs for Amittuq and Cambridge Bay, respectively. Both races were so close, automatic judicial recounts were conducted. (CBC - image credit)
Joelie Kaernek, left, and Pamela Hagongak Gross were confirmed to have won their constituencies during the recent Nunavut territorial election and will be the MLAs for Amittuq and Cambridge Bay, respectively. Both races were so close, automatic judicial recounts were conducted. (CBC - image credit)

It's official.

A Nunavut judge certified the winners of two close races that triggered automatic recounts during the Oct. 25 territorial election.

Joelie Kaernerk, the incumbent MLA for Amittuq, will keep his job for a second term.

The judge certified that Kaernerk won "a higher number of votes than any other candidate and is declared elected," according to a Tweet from Elections Nunavut.

On election night, he edged out his opponent, Solomon Allurut, by three votes.

In Cambridge Bay, former mayor Pamela Hakongak Gross was confirmed to be the winner over her opponents, Peter Ohokak and incumbent MLA Jeannie Hakongak Ehaloak.

A judicial recount is ordered in Nunavut when the results in a constituency show someone winning by a margin of less than two per cent.

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