1,349 votes denied

One of the contenders vying to lead British Columbia's Liberal party won't have the backing of 1,349 prospective members who were disqualified from voting because of incomplete applications.

A spokesman for Todd Stone's campaign says email addresses were missing on membership applications of people whose first language is not English.

Peter Fassbender says in a statement the issue came to light Jan. 26 when the party contacted Stone's senior campaign team.

Stone immediately requested a full investigation to determine what happened.

Fassbender says the party agreed with Stone that people with incomplete applications should not be allowed to cast a ballot before the Liberal party chooses its next leader on Saturday evening.

He says some membership applications by all six campaigns have been deemed incomplete because of the party's rigorous verification process.

Liberal party spokesman David Wasyluk says the cutoff for membership signups was on Dec. 29 and over 14,000 audit calls were made to members to verify their contact information.

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