Leadership election date announced

Saskatchewan Party leadership candidates now have the campaign rules, and a firm election date after an announcement from the party’s provincial council on Saturday.

According to a media release, the new leader will be elected on Jan. 27, 2018 at a leadership convention in Saskatoon. The convention will use a one-member, one-vote voting system.

Leadership campaign rules were also released. Those rules include a nomination deadline of Nov. 24 for all candidates, and a campaign expense limit of $250,000.

Candidates will be required to pay a filing fee of $25,000 and also must disclose the names of all donors who make contributions of $250 or more.

The membership sales deadline for residents looking to vote at the leadership convention is Dec. 8, 2017. According to the Saskatchewan Party leadership release, the cut-off date was selected to accommodate voters who want mail-in ballots.

All leadership rules are available online at www.saskparty.com/leadershiprules.