Liberal weighted voting system passes

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The B.C. Liberal party leader will be voted in under a new system after Liberal party members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new voting system.

The new weighted system will give all 85 ridings an equal number of points to decide the new party leader, says Andy Ackerman, president of the Peace River North Riding Association.

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Ackerman says the vote to allow the new weighted system passed by an overwhelming majority. The new system required a two-thirds majority to pass but received far more votes than were needed. There were 1319 votes for the new weighted system and 23 votes against the new system.

The new system allows all Liberal party members in a riding to vote online or by phone for whichever candidate they prefer. Once each riding collects the percentage of its members who voted for each candidate, that percentage is then added to the provincial total and the candidate that receives at least 50 per cent of the vote across the province becomes the new party leader.

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Ackerman says the new system allows whoever wins the vote to know that he or she has support from across the province rather than from only one or two ridings.

The Liberal leadership vote will take place on Feb. 26.

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