After Nahendeh incumbent Shane Thompson announced Thursday that, if re-elected, he would support Jackson Lafferty, MLA for Monfwi, as premier, NNSL media sent the following question by email to all 58 candidates in the NWT election:
“Currently, MLAs choose premier and cabinet in a secret ballot vote. Some Northerners have expressed reservations about this practice, calling it undemocratic.
If elected, will you publicly disclose who you will vote for to be premier and on cabinet before the vote in the legislative assembly?”
ANSWER: “Yes, Mr. Testart will disclose his votes and was the first to do it in the 18th Assembly, and as far as we know he was the first to do so in the history of the NWT.”