It was also revealed that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage had acted as his referee for the leadership. As ballot papers were being sent out bookmakers odds had him in third place behind Peter Whittle and Anne Marie Waters.
During the campaign Bolton challenged the decision to allow Waters to stand. He said that her candidacy was in violation of the party's Rules of Procedure because she was not considered to be 'in good standing' due to previous exclusions for elections. He withdrew the challenge shortly afterwards when faced with the possibility that it could lead to counter-suits against the party.