Cheif Electoral Officer & Deputy Electoral Officers Appointed for 2018 General Election

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Executive Director is notifying the community that the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Deputy Electoral Officers (DEO) have been formally appointed for the 2018 MCA General Election, in accordance with the Akwesasne Election Law 2005 (AEL). 

Leona Benedict has been appointed Chief Electoral Officer.   The CEO “is the person appointed by the Chief Administrative Officer [now known as the Executive Director] of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to ensure that all provisions set forth in this Election Law [Akwesasne Election Law 2005] are adhered to.”

The Deputy Electoral Officers are:
Cheavee Willee
Mary Ann Jacobs

Margaret Thomas

Laura Benedict

Monica Sharrow

Joan Mitchell

Theresa Benedict

Delia Thompson

Theresa Thompson

Andrea Lazore


The CEO and DEOs terms of office will commence six months prior to any General Election and run for three (3) consecutive years.  In addition to ensuring the provisions of the Akwesasne Election Law are met, the CEO and DEOs will also conduct MCA Referenda in accordance with the General Referendum Regulation. 

The 2018 MCA General Election will take place on June 30, 2018.  Nominations for the positions of Grand Chief (1) and District Chiefs (12) will be held on May 19, 2018 between 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Tsi Snaihne: Snye Recreation Center

Kana:takon: St. Regis Recreation Center

Kawehno:ke: Kawehno:ke Recreation Center


Please contact Leona Benedict, Chief Electoral Officer at 613-575-2250 ext. 2406 if you have any questions or need to have your voter status confirmed/updated.