A leadership contestant is an individual seeking the leadership of a registered political party. Leadership contestants must appoint an individual to act as their financial agent, or act as their own financial agent, and file a financing report with Elections BC after a leadership contest.
There are no expense limits for leadership contestants under the Election Act. However, parties may establish limits on their own. Elections BC is not responsible for administering these limits.
All leadership contestants, including any who withdraw from the contest, must submit a leadership contestant financing report to Elections BC within 90 days after the leader is selected.
Leadership contestants must appoint an individual to act as their financial agent or act as their own financial agent. The financial agent may also appoint deputy financial agent to help with accepting political contributions.
All financial transactions in relation to the nomination contest must go through a separate contest account. If you have issues opening an account, Elections BC provides a letter that you can take to your saving institutions about contest accounts.
Leadership contestants may also be required to submit the Appointment of Auditor for an Individual, if the value of political contributions received or contestant expenses incurred are more than $10,000.
See the leadership contestant forms on our Forms page for more information.