It's official: three people will vie to represent the United Conservative Party in the next Alberta General Election.

The deadline passed on Thursday and incumbent Rick Strankman of Altario will be challenged by Nate Horner of Pollockville and Todd Pawsey from the Provost area.

"Voting is going to take place Thursday, September 27 in Provost in the morning and Coronation in the afternoon; on Friday, September 28 it'll be in Stettler in the morning and Drumheller in the afternoon and evening; Saturday, September 29 it's going to be in Oyen in the morning and Hanna in the afternoon," outlined riding association president David Mohl.

Mohl admitted the size of the Drumheller-Stettler riding, the second largest in the province in terms of area, limited their options for election sites and times.

"We cannot have two polling stations open at the same time because there can only be one voter list and that list has to manually move from place to place," he explained. "We're basically trying to run four hour polls in Provost and Coronation, the same with Stettler and Drumheller, and then Saturday I think the Oyen poll is three and a half hours and Hanna is going to be six and a half hours."

The polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 in Hanna, after which the ballots will be counted and a person will be chosen to represent the party in the riding for the next four years.

"There was talk that if we only did two (polls), that (thery be) Hanna-Coronation because they're kind fo central in the south and central in the north on two main highways," noted Mohl. "If they had looked at four (polls) we were looking at doing the (riding) corners with Stettler and Drum because they're large population centres, probably Provost or Consort to cover the north, and then Oyen. So, when they settled on six, it was real simple: we did both."

Whoever wins the nomination, Mohl hopes UCP members in Drumheller-Stettler will get behind them as the party tries to oust the NDP and form the next Alberta Government.

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