Monday, October 1, 2007

Northwest Territories Election Today!

Most election coverage is of the Ontario election. The Newfoundland-Labrador election does not get much coverage because it is so lopsided in favor of the Conservatives but there is little coverage of the Northwest Territories election either where there are no parties.

Northwest Territories residents to elect new members of legislature
Published: Monday, October 1, 2007 | 3:19 AM ET
YELLOWKNIFE - Voters in the Northwest Territories go to the polls Monday to elect the new members of the territory's legislature.

Fifty-two candidates are running for the 19 seats in the legislature which operates under a consensus system with no political parties.

The premier and six ministers are chosen by the legislature in a vote that follows the general election, while legislature members who are not elected to cabinet become the unofficial opposition.

Last year, the territory replaced its existing elections legislation with a new Elections and Plebiscites Act, which requires an election to be held every four years on the first Monday in October.

Political observers say the 28-day campaign was dominated by local issues.

They say that crucial issues facing the territory like resource-revenue sharing and a $16-billion natural gas pipeline project were ignored.

© The Canadian Press, 2007

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