Elections Alberta has updated and created new resources for leadership contests to account for new legislation approved by the legislative assembly in December 2016. The new legislation was a result of the passing of Bill 35, the Fair Elections Financing Act, which significantly impacts electoral financing rules in Alberta.
A leadership contest is the procedure by which a registered party selects a leader. A leadership contestant is a person who seeks the leadership of a registered party at a leadership contest called by that party for that purpose. Under the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA), Elections Alberta is responsible for oversight of leadership contests including the management of registration, reporting and disclosure of leadership contests.
Political parties are responsible for informing Elections Alberta of a leadership contest taking place, and the results of the contest upon conclusion. Prospective leadership contestants are responsible for registering with Elections Alberta, which includes appointing a chief financial officer (CFO). CFOs of leadership contestants are responsible for ensuring compliance with all aspects of campaign finance including the filing of a leadership contestant campaign return.