Leadership Contests are the processes by which registered parties select their party leaders. Political parties must notify Elections Alberta when they are holding a leadership contest and report the contest results. Leadership Contestants must register with Elections Alberta as soon as they announce their intention to seek the leadership, or incur an expense for their leadership campaign, or receive a contribution for their leadership campaign.
All leadership contestants must appoint a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who is responsible for maintaining records of all revenue, expenses, assets and liabilities and issuing official contribution receipts. Leadership contestants and their CFOs are required to file a financial statement within four months after the leadership vote date, even if there was no financial activity. Surplus funds must be dealt with no later than 30 days after the filing deadline date. Leadership campaign deficits must be eliminated within three months following the filing deadline date.