United Conservative Party members in Drumheller-Stettler only have two choices this weekend as they mark their ballots for a candidate to represent them in the next Alberta General Election.

"We are officially this morning down to two candidates," noted constituency association president David Mohl. "We had one candidate disqualified by the party yesterday: Todd Pawsey is no longer on the ballot."

Mohl didn't have a reason for Pawsey's ouster except to say that the decision was made at the party's head office and not at the riding level.

It leaves incumbent Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman and Pollockville's Nate Horner, both of whom have agricultural backgrounds.

The polls opened in Provost this morning and will be in Coronation this evening.

"Friday, we're in Stettler from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and later that afternoon, we're in Drumheller (from) 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.," outlined Mohl. "Saturday morning, we're in Oyen from 8:30 to noon and then we're in Hanna to wrap up from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m."

"You always want to see it go on the first ballot to show that you've got strong support; that was always the thing when doing preferential balloting," stated Mohl. "You had to win a 50 per cent plus one even in the preferential ballot, so same result."

The winner and UCP candidate in the next provincial election will be announced on Saturday evening in Hanna.

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