Leadership 2017: Frequently Asked Questions

    From June 2016 to March 2017, the Manitoba NDP engaged in extensive consultations with members across the province about the party's Leadership Election process. After compiling feedback about the 2015 and 2009 leadership races, a party committee recommended a series of amendments to the party constitution for debate at Convention 2017.

    At Convention 2017, delegates approved several constitutional amendments which changed the voting process for the Election of Leader. These changes are reflected in the Manitoba NDP constitution and the Leadership 2017 Rules.

    All members and those interested in Leadership 2017 are encouraged to review the Leadership 2017 Rules and the following FAQ.

    1. How will the leader be chosen?

    The leader will be chosen at a delegated convention on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. Each constituency, affiliate and the MYND will select delegates to the convention. These delegates will elect the leader.

    2. How long must I have been a member to vote for delegates and/or stand as a delegate?

    To vote for delegate selection and/or be a delegate you must have been a member in good standing by 4:30 PM on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

    3. How will voting for delegates be conducted?

    Delegate selection voting will be done electronically, but the method of voting will vary depending on where you live.

    For members living outside Winnipeg:

    Option 1: Online voting will be available Tuesday, August 8 at 9:00 AM – Monday, August 21 at 8:00 PM.

    Members will receive login details including their PIN (personal identification number) by mail in advance of the voting period, and vote using any computer or smartphone.

    Option 2: In person voting will also be available at a voting location for one day each in Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, Swan River, and Brandon (dates are being finalized).

    Visit todaysndp.ca/rural-delegate-selections for a summary of your voting options.

    For members living in Winnipeg:

    Voting will be in person at a voting location. PINs will be obtained at the voting location and identification will be required. Members will receive information about the voting process by mail in advance of the voting period.

    Option 1: Voting will take place in person at the Manitoba NDP Provincial Office (803-294 Portage Ave) Tuesday, August 8 – Monday, August 21.

    Voting hours are Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

    Option 2: Onsite voting will also be available at a voting location for one day each in four different regions of Winnipeg.

    Visit todaysndp.ca/winnipeg-delegate-selections for a full summary of your voting options.

    4. How will voting for MYND (Manitoba Young New Democrats) delegates be conducted?

    In addition to voting for delegates in their constituency of residence, MYND members may also vote for delegates for the MYND. The method of voting is the same as listed above in question #3.

    5. What will the ballot look like?

    The ballot to select delegates has two parts.

    Part 1: The first part of the ballot lists the names of the leadership contestant(s) and an independent option. A member must vote for a leadership candidate or choose the independent option. In each constituency the results of this vote will determine the number of delegates the candidate(s) slate(s) and independent will be allocated.

    Part 2: The second part of the ballot lists the delegate candidates. Delegate candidates will be listed in ranked order along with the name of the candidate they support. Independent delegate candidates will be listed in alphabetical order.

    Each voter will have two options when selecting delegates.

    A voter can either:
    a) Choose to support the slate of delegates for the leadership candidate they support; or
    b) Choose to select delegates individually. The voter may select any number of delegates candidates up to the number allocated to that constituency.

    For each leadership candidate and the independent option, delegates will be selected according to the number of votes received.

    In the event of a tie within a slate, delegates will be selected by the ranking submitted by campaigns. Ties for independent delegates will be determined by drawing lots.

    6. What is the independent option?

    This option allows members who do not want to declare support for a candidate a path to convention. These members can stand as independent delegates. As with candidates, the number of independent delegates elected depends on the percentage of votes received.

    7. Can I stand as a delegate in any constituency?

    No. You may only stand as a delegate in the constituency where you held your membership as of June 18, 2017.

    8. I have my membership in a constituency other than the one where I reside. What constituency do I vote in?

    You must vote in your constituency of residence.

    9. How do I submit an application to stand as a delegate?

    Anyone interested in being considered to stand as a delegate must have submitted an “Application to Stand as a Delegate” form by July 31, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

    10. Is there a deadline to submit my application to be a delegate?

    Yes. All independent Application to Stand as a Delegate forms were due to Provincial Office by Monday, July 31 at 4:30 PM.

    11. How much does it cost for a delegate to attend convention?

    Convention delegate fees are $100 (tax receiptable), with a limited number of reduced delegate fees ($50) equally distributed among campaigns.

    12. Once I’ve been selected as a delegate, is there a deadline to submit my delegate registration form and fees?

    Yes. Completed forms and fees must be at Provincial Office by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

    Other than for last minute alternates, there will be no provision to pay delegate fees after this date.

    13. Can my constituency or another person pay my delegate fees?

    No. Recent changes to the Elections Finances Act made delegate fees a tax receiptable contribution. Delegate fees now have the same rules as other contributions and each individual must pay the fees using their own personal funds.

    14. Can I pay my fees in cash?

    No. Recent changes to the Election Finances Act limit cash donations to $25 or less. Convention fees must be paid with a personal cheque or credit card. As the Party must be able to source a donation, prepaid credit cards will not be accepted.

    15. I am a member of an affiliate. How can I go as an affiliate delegate?

    Contact your affiliate to let them know you would like to stand as a delegate. If you have any problems, contact Provincial Office.

    Each affiliate must provide Provincial Office with details of the process being used to select delegates along with the name of a contact person.

    16. Are delegate spots transferable?

    No. If the allotted delegate spots are not used by the constituency/affiliate to which they are assigned, the spaces are not filled.

    17. Will there be Leadership Forums/Debates?

    Yes, the Leadership 2017 Forums took place in Brandon, Gimli, Thompson and Winnipeg! Click here to watch the videos of each Forum. The Forums were free and open to the public.

    18. How will Provincial Office communicate information to members?

    We will be using email and telephone to communicate with members, and all members will receive details about delegate selection in the mail.

    19. Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?

    Please contact Brandy Schmidt at Provincial Office: brandy@todaysndp.ca or 204-987-4867.

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