Leadership Contests
 

Leadership contests are the procedure by which registered political parties select their leader.  The requirement for political parties to register leadership contests with Elections Alberta came into effect January 1, 2013.  Political parties must provide to Elections Alberta: the date of the official call of the leadership contest; the date(s) fixed for the leadership vote(s); and the nomination period dates for leadership contestants.

Within the nomination period, leadership contestants must submit an Application for Registration of a Leadership Contest to Elections Alberta that has been endorsed by the political party.  Once approved by Elections Alberta, registered contestants are permitted to raise revenue and incur expenses for their leadership campaign.  Leadership contestants must update their registration information as changes occur, and file financial statements which include all revenue, expenses, assets and liabilities.

The campaign period for leadership contests begins with the date of the official call and ends two months after the final leadership vote.  Leadership contestants are required to file campaign period financial statements four months after the final leadership vote.

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.  (Prior to January 1, 2013 the contribution disclosure threshold was over $375.)

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. (Prior to January 1, 2013 the contribution disclosure threshold was over $375.)

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.