The Leader and Deputy Leader will be elected by Labour party members, One Person On Vote (OPOV) or one member one vote (OMOV), between 21 February and 2 April 2020.
The CLPs roles in the Leadership elections comes to and end on 14th February when all CLP nominations must be sent into the National party. After that the names of the candidate MPs for Leader and Deputy Leader who have reached the 2nd criteria (5% of CLPs or at least 3 affiliates (at least 2 of which shall be trade union affiliates) comprising 5 per cent of fully paid up affiliated membership as of the 31st December 2019) will be put on the ballot paper which will be sent to all members.
|Mon 6 Jan||NEC Meeting – timetable agreed and published.|
|Tue 7 Jan||PLP and EPLP nominations open and Leader hustings|
|Wed 8 Jan||PLP and EPLP hustings – Deputy Leader|
|Monday 13 Jan (2.30 pm)||PLP and EPLP nominations close|
|Tuesday 14 Jan (1pm)||Deadline for validly nominated candidates to consent to nomination and submit statements for circulation to CLPs and affiliates|
|Tuesday 14 Jan (5pm)||Registered supporters applications open|
|Thursday 16 Jan (5pm)||Registered supporters applications close.|
|Wed 15 Jan||Open of CLP and affiliate nominations|
|Mon 20 Jan (5pm)||Freeze date for membership and supporter eligibility.|
|Mon 3 Feb||Last day for affiliates to send over new and updated affiliated supporter lists.|
|Fri 14 Feb||Close of CLP and affiliate nominations and last day for membership to be in full compliance (including full payment of arrears).|
|Fri 21 Feb||Ballot Opens|
|Fri 27 March||Last date for postal ballot reissues|
|Mon 30 March||Last date for email ballot reissues|
|Thu 2 April (Noon)||Ballot Closes|
|Sat 4 April||Special Conference to announce results|
Some relevant bits of the NEC procedure:
The National Executive Committee has appointed an independent organisation, Civica, to conduct the One Person One Vote (OPOV) ballot. They will also be the independent scrutineer.
The party will conduct a ballot of all eligible electors for the contested position using the OPOV process, single round preferential voting system. This ballot will take place by electronic voting. All members with a verified email address in the system will receive an online ballot by email, all those without a verified email address in the system will receive a ballot by post. Any members whose email is not valid/bounces back will also be sent a postal vote. Details will be contained in the voting pack or voting email. Details will be sent to the address or electronic address registered on the National Membership System. Civica will provide a helpline should an individual member have a problem during the balloting period.
[The result will be determined] by counting of preferential votes. If no candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round, the result will be recalculated eliminating the candidate with the lowest number of votes and redistributing those votes according to expressed preferences until one candidate exceeds the 50 per cent threshold.