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Leadership Contestants

Political parties hold leadership contests to elect their party leader. When a person is actively seeking election as a party leader, they must register with Elections Ontario as a leadership contestant.

A party that wants to hold a leadership contest must notify Elections Ontario. The party also needs to tell us the start date of the contest and the fixed date of the contest vote; however, political parties run their own leadership contests according to their own rules.

Internal party contest rules and contest fees are not regulated by Elections Ontario.