Manitoba NDP will permit some mail in and electronic voting in leadership

By on January 26, 2015


Manitoba NDP Leader Ellen Olfert (screenshot from Winnipeg Free Press footage)
Manitoba NDP Leader Ellen Olfert (screenshot from Winnipeg Free Press footage)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s New Democrats will now allow some delegates for their March leadership contest to vote electronically or by mail.

NDP president Ellen Olfert said in a short statement on Sunday the party’s provincial council has voted to make mail-in or electronic voting available for northern delegates who aren’t able to travel to Winnipeg.

The decision is a reversal of one by the party executive earlier this month which said delegates must vote in-person at the convention.

Olfert says the council has directed the party’s provincial secretary to organize a secure voting system for the constituencies of Flin Flon, Kewatinook, Swan River, The Pas and Thompson.

The leadership vote is being held March 8 following a caucus revolt against Premier Greg Selinger.

All three leadership candidates — Steve Ashton, Theresa Oswald and Selinger — said they supported options to allow for remote voting.