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2023 Election for National Chief – Ballot Results

Published: Dec 06, 2023Bulletin

Ballot Results for the Election for the National Chief

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) is being held in Ottawa, Ontario, from December 5-7, 2023. Voting for the National Chief began on December 6, 2023, and will resume on December 7, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. EST.

The first ballot results were:

  • 162 (35.1%) for Cindy Woodhouse
  • 118 (25.6%) for David Pratt
  • 64 (13.9%) for Sheila North
  • 58 (12.6%) for Dean Sayers
  • 34 (7.4%) for Reginald Bellerose
  • 8 (1.7%) for Craig Makinaw

The second ballot results were:

  • 190 (41.2%) for Cindy Woodhouse
  • 139 (30.2%) for David Pratt
  • 57 (12.4%) for Sheila North
  • 46 (10%) for Dean Sayers

The third ballot results were:

  • 221 (47.9%) for Cindy Woodhouse
  • 142 (30.8%) for David Pratt
  • 44 (9.5%) for Sheila North

The fourth ballot results were:

  • 237 (51.4%) for Cindy Woodhouse
  • 142 (40.1%) for David Pratt

A fifth ballot opened at 9:00 p.m. EST and closed at 10:00 p.m. EST. 411 votes were cast.
The fifth ballot results were:

  • 231 (50.1%) for Cindy Woodhouse
  • 179 (38.8%) for David Pratt

A sixth ballot opened at 10:30 p.m. EST and closed at 11:30 p.m. EST. 415 votes were cast.
The sixth ballot results were:

  • 234 (50.8%) for Cindy Woodhouse
  • 181 (39.3%) for David Pratt

The seventh ballot will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST on December 7, 2023.

Attention Chiefs and Proxies:

Please be aware that there is a delay in starting the next round of voting for the National Chief. We will reconvene at 11:45 a.m. EST, on December 7, 2023.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Kelly Reid
Senior Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations                                                                                      
613-292-0857 (mobile)
[email protected]

For questions regarding the ballot results, please contact:
Ron Laufer
Chief Electoral Officer
Assembly of First Nations
55 Metcalfe Street, 16th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5
Email: [email protected]