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© 2019 New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

LEADERSHIP

2019

This March, New Democrats in Newfoundland and Labrador will elect a new leader of our party who will lead us into the upcoming general election. Stay tuned to this page for updates on candidates, important dates, voter information, and more.

To request a copy of the Leadership Candidate Nomination Package please contact the Chief Electoral Officer at chiefelectoralofficer@nl.ndp.ca

 

IMPORTANT DATES

March 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PAPERWORK TO BECOME A LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE

The deadline for application to appear on the leadership contest ballot is 5:00 p.m. NL time Friday, March 1, 2019.

March 10, 2019

DEADLINE TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NL NDP IN ORDER TO VOTE

All those who are party members by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on March 10, 2019, are eligible to cast a ballot in the leadership contest. All memberships valid on the cut-off date will receive voting credentials.

March 13,2019 to March 16, 2019

VOTING PERIOD

Voting will be one-member, one-vote ballot. Voting will open on March 13, 2019 and close at 5:00 p.m. NL time on March 16, 2019.

 

Voting will take place online or by telephone for those who do not have email.

 
 

LEADERSHIP RULES

Principles

The rules for the leadership contest shall comply with the Constitution of the Party and with the NL Elections Act.

 

Chief Electoral Officer

A Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) will be appointed by the Provincial Executive to oversee the process of the leadership contest. The CEO is the final authority on all the rules and regulations of the leadership contest. 

 

Candidates will direct any questions about the leadership rules and regulations or other matters associated with their leadership campaign in writing to the CEO via email: chiefelectoralofficer@nl.ndp.ca. The CEO will respond including the question and the answer to all candidates. As deemed necessary, the CEO may liaise with the Executive of the NL NDP to discuss and formulate responses.

 

Candidates for Leadership

A leadership candidate may be any member of the NL NDP in good standing as defined by Article 4 of the Constitution of the Party.

 

A leadership candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and submit the Leadership Candidate Nomination Package duly signed by 20 NL NDP members in good standing from a minimum of five electoral districts. At least ten nominators must be people of marginalized genders. To request a copy of the Leadership Candidate Nomination Package please contact the Chief Electoral Officer at chiefelectoralofficer@nl.ndp.ca. 

  • Submit by email a high resolution headshot photo (as a .jpeg attachment) and short biographical statement, written in the third person and up to 250 words (as a Word document attachment.)

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of $1,000 at time of applicable as a leadership candidate.

 

The decision to accept or reject a candidate’s nomination application is at the discretion of the CEO.

Once the CEO finds the nomination application in order, a registered candidate will be eligible for any services provided by the Party.

 

Deadline for Application of a Leadership Candidate

The deadline for application in order to appear on the leadership contest ballot is 5:00 p.m. NL time Friday, March 1, 2019.

 

Campaign Period

For the purposes of reporting expenses and accepting contributions, the campaign period shall be from the date the leadership contest rules are publicly announced to the final date of the leadership vote.

 

Election Expenses

The spending limit on election expenses by a candidate will be $3,000.

 

Election expenses means any expenses incurred by a leadership candidate in respect of the conduct or management of the leadership candidate’s campaign, including amounts paid, liabilities incurred, the commercial value of goods and services donated or provided, other than volunteer labour.

 

The candidate registration fee is considered part of election expenses.

 

The candidate will submit an Election Expense Report within 90 days of the close of voting. The Election Expense Report will detail the amounts, names, and addresses of donors. The names and amounts of any donations in excess of $100 will be made available to the public upon request. No anonymous donations are allowed regardless of the value of that donation.

 

Leadership Selection: Voting Procedure

All those who are approved party members by 5:00 p.m. NL time on Sunday, March 10, 2019, are eligible to cast a ballot in the leadership contest. All memberships valid on the cut-off date will receive voting credentials.

 

Voting will be one-member, one-vote ballot. Voting will open on March 13, 2019 and close at 5:00 p.m. NL time on March 16, 2019.

 

Voting will take place online or by telephone for those who do not have email.

For an official copy of the 2019 leadership contest rules, please view this PDF document.

 

CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER

The NL NDP Provincial Executive has appointed Kyle Rees, lawyer and advocate, as Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). Rees will oversee the process of the leadership contest.

Kyle Rees completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy at MUN, and has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Kyle is a lawyer at O'Dea Earle Law Offices in St. John's, specializing in personal injury and union-side labour law, with a litigation practice that ranges from motor vehicle accidents to assisted dying and transgender rights. Kyle lives in Topsail with his partner and two young children.