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NEWS RELEASE · 14th January 2011
BC NDP Provincial Executive
The BC NDP Provincial Executive has approved rules for Leadership Nominations that will help ensure a fair, modern, and competitive leadership election.

“The Leadership Rules Committee produced a set of thoughtful, fair, and transparent Candidate Nominations Rules that will help set the stage for an exciting Leadership Election,” said Jan O’Brien, BC NDP Provincial Secretary.

The Leadership Election rules set a number of financial rules for Leadership Candidates, including a $175,000 spending limit, a $2,500 donation limit, and a requirement that a list of campaign donors over $250 be made public prior to voting on April 17.
Candidates will be required to collect 250 nominating signatures from party members throughout B.C., and to remit a $15,000 entrance fee.

“New Democrats have long fought for electoral fairness in British Columbia, and our ideals are reflected in our Candidate Nomination Rules,” said O’Brien.

The deadline for candidates to submit their nomination to the party is February 28. All candidates will be subject to the same approval process as MLAs, which requires final signoff by the party’s Provincial Executive.

A committee of five senior party members, including a former BC Attorney General and former BC NDP Provincial Secretary, developed the Candidate Nomination Rules.

The Leadership Election will take place on April 17 using a modern one-member one-vote election system that will take place online and by telephone. Detailed voting rules will be developed in the coming weeks.