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Combined authority mayoral elections in England

This page contains all the guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent at a combined authority mayoral election in England.

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections.

Latest updates

  • Subscribers at combined authority mayoral elections

    02-02-2017

    The Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) Order 2017 was made on 30 January 2017. We have updated part 3 of our guidance for candidates and agents to reflect the final legislation, so if you had already downloaded a copy of part 3, please make sure you download our updated versions. Under the final legislation, the candidate’s election deposit is specifically excluded from candidate spending.

    01-02-2017

    We have updated parts 2a and 2b of our guidance for candidates and agents to reflect the final legislation, so if you had already downloaded a copy of parts 2a or 2b, please make sure you download our updated versions. Under the final legislation, a candidate’s subscribers are only valid if they appear on the register that is in force on the date that the nomination is delivered. This requirement is different from the subscriber requirements at other election types.

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • Being nominated in more than one ward
  • What happens after the close of nominations?
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies?

Part 2a: Standing as an independent candidate (PDF)

Part 2b

Standing as a party candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • The mayoral address and deposit
  • What happens after the close of nominations
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies

Part 2b: Standing as a party candidate (PDF)

Part 3

Spending and donations

This part covers:

  • How much you can spend
  • The activities covered by the rules
  • Which donations you can accept
  • How to check donations you receive
  • What information needs to be recorded and reported

Part 3: Spending and donations (PDF)

Part 4

The campaign

This part covers:

  • Campaigning dos and don'ts
  • Using the electoral register and absent voters' lists 
  • Using schools and rooms for public meetings 
  • Imprints on campaign publicity material 
  • The mayoral address 
  • Polling day dos and don'ts 
  • Reporting allegations of electoral malpractice

Part 4: The campaign (PDF)

Part 5

Your right to attend key electoral events

This part covers:

  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and what to expect

Part 5: Your right to attend key electoral events (PDF)

Part 6

After the declaration of results

This part covers:

  • Making the declaration of acceptance of office
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Submitting your spending returns and declarations
  • Questioning the result through an election petition

Part 6: After the declaration of results (PDF)

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