23rd Northwest Territories general election

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23rd Northwest Territories general election
Northwest Territories
2011 ←
November 23, 2015 → 24th
All seats in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories

Incumbent Premier

Bob McLeod

The 23rd Northwest Territories general election is set for November 23, 2015. Under the territory's fixed election date legislation, the election was supposed to be held on October 5, 2015, however, since the federal election date of October 19, 2015, overlapped with that date, the N.W.T. government moved the date of the territorial election. [1] The election will elect 18 to 21 members to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.

Term extension debate[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Boundaries changes[edit]

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.[4] The Yellowknife City Council has asked the NWT Minister of Justice Dave Ramsay to refer the issue to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories for a constitutional opinion after seeing the proposed boundaries as unfair, this was rejected.[5]


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