The date of the election for a new leader of the Saskatchewan New Democrats has been moved up by nearly two months.
The NDP Provincial Council met Saturday in Moose Jaw where they voted to change the date from May 6, 2018 to March 3, 2018.
Before Premier Brad Wall announced he was stepping aside as Sask. Party leader, the NDP had scheduled a leadership convention for early May.
The new Saskatchewan Party leader will be selected on January 27, 2018 and some have said it might be wise to have the NDP leader in place in case a snap-election is called.
As well, with the start of the spring session in early March, the NDP likely would want to have their new leader prepared to face the new Saskatchewan Party premier in that session.
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Several deadlines had to be changed in order to move forward with this decision. Those still hoping to enter the race have a January 12, 2018 deadline.
All Saskatchewan New Democratic Party members in good standing will be eligible to vote online or by mail-in ballot.