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3/9/2018 1:47:34 PM

A Superior Court judge is expected to deliver a ruling late Friday afternoon on whether or not the Ontario PC Leadership vote will be extended by one week.

The official deadline for voting passed at 12:00 p.m. Friday and a new leader is set to be announced Saturday.

A Toronto lawyer is asking a judge for an injunction to extend the voting because he says party members, including his client, have not received the verification codes they need in order to vote.

Party officials in charge of the leadership contest say extending the vote would violate party rules.

Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Doug Ford was in the Orangeville area Friday morning to speak with supporters.

Asked if he would support the result of the vote, Ford says he'll wait and see what the final turnout numbers are after today.

    Ford believes he's the only candidate who can stand up for the grassroots members and hold the people at Queen's Park digging into taxpayer's pockets accountable.

    Ford is running against Christine Elliot, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen.

Ford, Mulroney and Granic Allen asked for the vote to be extended by one week to ensure all members could participate.

Ford went as far as to accuse party insiders of favouring "elites" over regular members.

According to the PC Party, more tha 70,000 members had been verified to vote as of the deadline and more than 64,000 had cast their ballot before the voting period closed.

More to come...

With file from The Canadian Press    

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