In March 2014 the current Legislative Assembly voted to extend its term from four years to five. The act will need to be approved by the federal government. The reason given for postponing the election was to avoid voter fatigue, with municipal elections and the next federal election scheduled for October 2015. The decision by the assembly has prompted a petition calling for the Legislature to be dissolved early.
A new election map will be implemented this election, the first since the territory was split in 1999. The report of the commission recommended three proposals calling for 18, 19 or 21 MLA's. The boundaries are still up for debate in the Legislature. The Yellowknife City Council has asked the minister of justice to refer the issue to the NWT Supreme Court for a constitutional opinion after seeing the proposed boundaries as unfair, this was rejected.