According to the Toronto Star:
OTTAWA—Just a day after calling a byelection for Toronto–Danforth, the Prime Minister’s Office has changed the date and delayed the vote by a week.
Stephen Harper’s office announced the curious move in a news release Monday, saying the by-election would be held March 19 instead of March 12.
A spokesperson for the PMO says an “administrative error” was to blame for the revised date and suggested that the initial date had been released before the necessary work had been done behind-the-scenes.
The byelection will fill the seat left by the death last summer of former NDP Leader Jack Layton.
The new MP will be elected the same week the New Democrats gather in Toronto to select a new leader.
None of the leadership candidates has opted to vie for the seat. Instead, human rights lawyer and Osgoode Hall law professor Craig Scott will carry the NDP flag in the riding.
The Conservatives have nominated communications consultant Andrew Keyes. The Liberals, who have held the seat in the past, have yet to nominate a candidate.
The Greens voted on Sunday to nominate Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, who also ran for the party in Toronto—Danforth last year.