02/08/2012 02:09 EST | Updated 04/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Alberta Tories nix nomination win in Calgary-West; premier to appoint candidate

CALGARY - Alberta's Progressive Conservative party is looking for a new candidate in one of its Calgary ridings.

Party president Bill Smith says due to ineligible voters casting ballots in the riding of Calgary West, that they have overturned the win by Shiraz Shariff.

Smith says with an election looming and timelines tight, he will ask party leader and premier Alison Redford to pick the nominee from a list of three names.

The board of the riding association will put forward the names.

Shariff narrowly defeated former Alberta Health Services boss Ken Hughes for the nomination two weeks ago.

The race began late last year, when Finance Minister Ron Liepert announced he would not run in the spring vote.