Saskatchewan Party set to choose new leader, premier

By Tyler Marr
January 27, 2018 - 10:42am Updated: January 27, 2018 - 11:30am

Who will be the next premier of Saskatchewan? 

We will have an answer to that question tonight as Saskatchewan Party faithful’s ballots are tallied at the party’s convention in Saskatoon.

There are five hopefuls looking to replace Brad Wall at the helm of the party and province: Scott Moe, Gord Wyant, Ken Cheveldayoff, Alanna Koch and Tina Beaudry-Mellor.

First ballot results are expected to roll in around 6 p.m. A preferential ballot system is being used, meaning it could take several rounds for someone to secure 50 per cent-plus-one of the vote.

“If nobody has 50 per cent plus one of the total votes, then the person with the fewest votes drops off the ballot and their second vote will then be counted, and that will continue” James Thorsteinson, Saskatchewan Party president, explained. “There will be a time lapse between first ballot, second ballot, third ballot and so on. Hopefully, that time lapse isn’t too long but I can’t say exactly how long it will be.”

Rob Clarke’s name remains on the ballot, but he dropped out of the race one month after entering it.

Stay with paNOW for all your updates from Saskatoon this evening.

— with files from CKOM


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