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Akwesasne Election Law Amendments Vote Community to vote on acceptance of changes


The proposed final draft of the Akwesasne Election Law will be voted on at a Special General Meeting scheduled for March 24, 2018 at 10 a.m.

On August 25, 2015, Council passed MCR 2015/2016-#111 to form a Working Task Group (WTG). The mandate of the WTG was to “provide a comprehensive draft Akwesasne Election Law to present to Council for acceptance in principle.”

The Working Task Group submitted the draft Akwesasne Election Law 2017 which was accepted in principle by MCR 2017/2018-#046 and reaffirmed by MCR 2017/2018-#064.

On December 18, 2017, Mohawk Council passed MCR 2017/2018-#258 to accept the amendments of the proposed final draft of the Akwesasne Election Law 2017 dated December 8, 2017.

The amendment process will follow “Section 18 – Amendments” of the current Akwesasne Election Law.


Changes made to the Akwesasne Election Law in the new draft include:

• Corrected the Akwesasne Election Law document to reference positions that are currently filled at Mohawk Council of Akwesasne such as changing the reference from “Chief Administrative Officer” and replacing the reference to “Executive Director.”

• Corrected grammatical errors such as capitalizing words that are in the definition section.

• Changed the amendment provisions to be in accordance with the Akwesasne Law Enactment Procedural Regulation (or its successor) to be consistent with Akwesasne’s law enactment process.

• Changed Schedule “O” to reflect the law: The Akwesasne Election Appeal Board (AEAB) will make a decision by “majority” vote. Prior to this, the law said the AEAB will decide by majority and Schedule O said the AEAB will decide by consensus.

The Special General Meeting and vote will take place on March 24, 2018. MCA Eligible Voters will, by majority, decide to accept the proposed amendments or to not accept the proposed amendments entitled “Akwesasne Election Law 2017.”

Accepting the proposed amendments will result in the Akwesasne Election Law 2017 being used in the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne elections in 2021.

To not accept the proposed amendments will result in using the Akwesasne Election Law 2005 (the current law) for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne elections in 2021.

Special General Meeting – Akwesasne Election Law

Date: March 24, 2018

Location: St. Regis Recreation

Hours: 10 a.m. to noon

Method of Voting: Secret Ballot Vote conducted by the Chief Electoral Officer

Copies of the proposed final amendments can be obtained at any of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne government offices:

Mohawk Government Offices - 3rd Street in Kana:takon

Akwesasne Justice Department: Angus Mitchell Memorial Building in Kana:takon

Administration 1 building: A-Frame building in Kana:takon

Housing Department – Hilltop Drive in Kana:takon

Kanonhkwatsheri:io – Hilltop Drive in Kana:takon

Iohahi:io Adult Education - in Tsi Snaihne

CIA 3 Building – 101 Tewesateni Road, Kawehno:ke


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