Kugaaruk, Nunavut, votes to keep alcohol ban

62 per cent of eligible voters in Kugaaruk, Nunavut, voted Monday to keep the community's current alcohol ban.

Residents of Kugaaruk, Nunavut, voted Monday to keep the community’s current alcohol ban.

The plebiscite asked eligible voters if they would like to change the system to allow alcohol into the community under restrictions.

Of the 300 people who voted, 188, or 62 per cent, said no.

According to the Chief Electoral Officer, 60 per cent of ballots cast must be in favour of a plebiscite in order to make a change.

Mayor Stephan Inaksajak said regardless of the alcohol restrictions, there is usually alcohol present in the community.

"There is always alcohol even though it's not allowed," he said. "Alcohol comes in, and that's why people asked for a plebiscite."