A leadership contest is the procedure by which a registered party selects a new leader.
Leadership contestants are persons who seek the leadership of a registered party.
Under the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA), Elections Alberta manages the contest, including the registration, reporting, and disclosure of information relative to the contest.
Political parties and constituency associations are responsible for notifying Elections Alberta of a contest: from when the contest will take place, to the individuals selected to run in the contest, through to the final result of the contest.
Potential contestants are responsible for also registering with Elections Alberta. This includes the appointment of a Chief Financial Officer, or CFO. A CFO is the person responsible for ensuring compliance with all aspects of campaign finance, including the filing of a campaign return.