Members of the media tour the Conservative leadership’s ballot processing center in Chelsea, Couwe, on 15 July 2022. (Canadian Press/Adrian Wilde)
The next leader of the Conservative Party is chosen by about 418,000 MPs.
The party released the final numbers today after the deadline for members to return their mail-in ballots arrived earlier this week.
More than 430,000 ballots were returned, some of which were rejected because members did not include proper identification required to vote.
The number of votes will set a new party record and will announce the next leader on Saturday.
Tens of thousands of new members were purchased during the leadership campaign, and the updated voter list now includes more than 678,700 names, according to a Conservative Party statement.
That means the party’s next leader will be elected with a voter turnout of nearly 62%.