Leadership Contests
 

Leadership contests are the procedure by which registered political parties select their leader.  Political parties must notify Elections Alberta of their intent to run a leadership contest, the budgeted cost of the contest and the contest rules.

Leadership contestants are permitted to raise revenue and incur expenses for their leadership campaign once registered with Elections Alberta.  Persons who intend to seek the leadership of a registered party must register with Elections Alberta as soon as:

• the person has announced his or her intention to seek the leadership of a registered party, or

• when the person has incurred campaign expenses in relation to the person's leadership campaign, or

• when the person has received contributions in relation to the person's leadership campaign

All leadership contestants must appoint a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who is responsible for maintaining proper records of all revenue, expenses, assets, liabilities and issuing official contribution receipts.  Leadership contestants and their CFO's are required to file an election campaign period financial statement within four months after the final leadership vote.  The campaign period for leadership contestants begins with the date the leadership contestant became registered and ends two months after the final leadership vote.  An audited financial statement and auditors report is required if the campaign expenses exceed $25,000.

Authority for the reporting of leadership contestant registration and financial statement information is provided by the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act and is available in the Public Files at Elections Alberta.

 

Definitions:

Original - A scanned version of the financial statement in the prescribed format, and a list of contributor names and amounts for contributions over $250 in aggregate where applicable, as submitted to Elections Alberta. 

Original Not Available - The financial statement a) has not been received by Elections Alberta, b) has been received but not accepted as filed, or c) has been received and accepted, and is in the process of being scanned and published to this website.

Final - A final approved version of the financial statement and list of contributor names and amounts for contributions over $250 in aggregate where applicable, after it has undergone review and any necessary amendments by Elections Alberta.

Final Not Available - The financial statement a) has not been received by Elections Alberta, b) has been received but not accepted as filed, or c) has been received and accepted, and is under review.